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NATO lauds Pakistan role in Afghanistan

Kasuri said that peace and stability in Afghanistan was top priority for Pakistan.

india Updated: May 10, 2006 09:06 IST

A five-member delegation headed by the senior civilian representative of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) in Afghanistan commended Pakistan's role in peace and stability in Afghanistan.

"Pakistan was a key country in the war against terrorism," Hikmet Cetin, also a former foreign minister of Turkey, said in a meeting with Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri.

Cetin said that NATO considered it important to maintain close cooperation with Pakistan. As an important ally, NATO wanted a long-term relationship with Pakistan, he added.

Kasuri said that peace and stability in Afghanistan was top priority for Pakistan and it would continue its cooperation with NATO and the Afghan government in this regard.

Kasuri assured the NATO delegation leader of Pakistan's full support and cooperation with regard to peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Cetin, who is on a three-day visit, will call on the Pakistani president and the prime minister during his stay.