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Afghanistan, Pakistan Presidents to Meet

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Map: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.

Map: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani agreed Friday to meet with Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain in Tashkent.

The meeting was confirmed by the deputy spokesman to the president of Afghanistan, Shah Hussain Murtazawi.

The two presidents were to meet after the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Tashkent.

Previously, Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani met the adviser to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, on the sidelines of the SCO Summit.

An overview of the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan in Torkham, Pakistan on June 16, 2016.

An overview of the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan in Torkham, Pakistan on June 16, 2016.

Based on a joint press release, both sides agreed to develop a high level mechanism for consultation and coordination on various important issues relating to bilateral relations and cooperation. The issues include security and movement of people and vehicles between the two countries. The proposed mechanism will be co-chaired by two officials and will include the participation of the countries' national security advisers. It will also have a joint technical working group to deal with the concerns of both countries.

The main purpose of the working group would be not only to address and resolve issues of concern to both sides but also to prevent the recurrence of violent incidents like those that occurred recently in Torkham.

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