Pakistan, Afghanistan to hold first meeting of Joint Technical Working Group on border management

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ISLAMABAD, July 22 (APP): The first meeting of Pakistan-Afghanistan joint technical working group on border management and related security issues will be held in Kabul on July 26.

The meeting of the group will be held under the high level consultation mechanism for coordination, a Foreign Office statement said.

Pakistan delegation to this meeting will be led by Director General Military Operations and include representatives of the concerned ministries and departments.

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani had agreed to constitute a high level bilateral mechanism at the level of Foreign Ministers that would also include two National Security Advisers.

The decision came on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Tashkent on June 24 and was aimed at focussing on consultation and coordination on issues including security, movement of people and vehicles between the two countries and other related issues.

It was decided that the mechanism will also have a joint technical working group to deal with the mutual concerns, the Foreign Office said.