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Pakistan, Afghanistan to hold high-level talks in UK

IANS  |  Islamabad 

and will hold high-level talks in on Wednesday to ease the current tensions, the Ambassador Omar Zakhilwal said has announced.

"I will join our National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar at the high-level Afghanistan-meeting to be hosted by the British government in tomorrow (Wednesday)," the ambassador said on Tuesday.

Adviser on Foreign Affairs to the Prime Minister Sartaj Aziz, and British National Security Adviser Mark Lyall Grant will attend from and Britain respectively, Zakhilwal said on his official Facebook page.

The meeting will focus on a mechanism for genuine Pakistan-cooperation on fighting terrorism, the current tense bilateral relations and the closures of crossing routes between the two countries, he said.

The meeting will be held at a time when relationship between and is on the lowest ebb following last month's bomb blasts in

The British ambassador in Kabul had been involved in efforts to broker the talks between the uneasy neighbours in recent weeks.

He had visited and met senior Pakistani leaders.

The attacks were claimed by the Pakistani militant groups, which officials said now operate from the side of the border.

closed its main border crossings on February 17 over security concerns, pushing for its longstanding call on to agree on a border monitoring system to stop the cross-border movement of the militants.



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First Published: Wed, March 15 2017. 08:10 IST