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Afghan minister to visit Pakistan for talks

Posted on Nov 29, 09:31PM | IANS

Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul will Friday visit Pakistan to discuss issues related to Islamabad's role in the Afghan peace process, the Pakistani foreign ministry said Thursday.

Rassoul will speak with Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, Xinhua reported citing a ministry statement.

The Afghan minister, to be accompanied by a delegation from the ministry of foreign affairs, will also call on the Pakistani leadership.

The visit comes days after a trip to Islamabad by an Afghan peace envoy. During the visit, Pakistan released 13 Taliban prisoners, including a key military commander, to push forward the peace process.

The US-led NATO troops are scheduled to hand over security of the country to Afghan forces in 2014. Britain, France, Australia and many other countries have already pulled out many of their troops from Afghanistan.