Afghanistan's Ghani, Imran agree 'to lay new foundation' of relations

ISLAMABAD: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani congratulated Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on his victory in the general election.
The Afghan president, who wrote about his phonic conversation with Imran Khan on his Twitter handle, said they had “agreed to overcome the past and to lay a new foundation for a prosperous political, social and economic future of both countries.”

“I extended an open invitation to Mr Khan and he expressed his wishes to visit Kabul soon,” he added.
According to PTI Spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry, Khan told President Ghani that Pakistan wants complete peace in Afghanistan, and that the PTI government wishes to establish better relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
During the telephonic conversation, Ghani said the change in leadership would help solidify relations between the two neighbouring countries.
Ghani said Imran is a popular figure in Afghanistan and the country’s youth consider him a hero. “Because of Khan’s popularity, cricket has become the sports of choice in Afghanistan,” he added.
The PTI chief thanked the Afghan president for the grand gesture and accepted the invitation to visit the neighbouring country. Pakistan desires peace and prosperity in Afghanistan, said the PM-in-waiting, adding that his party also gives special importance to the Pak-Afghan ties.
Promising to visit Afghanistan soon after forming the government in Islamabad, the PTI chief said that his party’s government will revitalise the bilateral relations between the two countries.
Khan, in his first address to the nation, had also said that his government would like to have better ties with Afghanistan. He had said at the time that peace in Pakistan is contingent to peace in Afghanistan.