Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has reaffirmed Pakistan 's commitment for peace and stability in Afghanistan .

Talking to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday in Ashgabat on the sidelines of the Global Conference on Sustainable Transport, he reiterated Pakistan 's keen desire for deepening engagement with Afghanistan stressing on the need for enhancing bilateral political interaction, security coordination, trade and transit, connectivity and people to people exchanges.

Efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan and strengthening relations between the two countries also came under the discussion.

Prime Minister said that Pakistan would continue its serious efforts for facilitating the peace process, including through the Quadrilateral Coordination Group.

He appreciated Afghan Government's efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan and expressed support to the peace agreement between Afghan Government and Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan .

The two leaders discussed the need of cooperation to combat the scourge of terrorism, which was a common enemy and a serious challenge to peace in both countries, and the region.

Discussing the importance of economic development for peace and stability in Afghanistan , President Ghani thanked the Prime Minister for Pakistan 's new development package of 500 million dollars announced at Brussels last month.

The two leaders also agreed on the need for continued engagement in other areas, including coordination for smooth, safe and dignified repatriation of Afghan refugees and their sustainable reintegration in Afghanistan . President Ghani thanked Pakistan for hosting millions of Afghan refugees for more than three decades.

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