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President Karzai Returns to Kabul After Visit to Pakistan
Office of the Spokesman to the President

10/24/2005

Arg, Kabul - H.E. Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, returned to Kabul this afternoon after a short visit to Pakistan.

The President, on behalf of the people of Afghanistan, expressed his heartfelt sympathies and condolences to President Musharaf, the people of Pakistan and the victims of the earthquake. The President said, “The people of Pakistan have generously helped the people of Afghanistan during the years of Jihad and now we want to assist them in their time of need”.

During this visit, the President met with H.E. Pervez Musharaf, President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, at the presidential palace and discussed the ongoing international relief operation and the role of the Afghan relief and medical teams and helicopters currently helping with the operation in areas worst affected by the quake.

President Musharaf thanked President Karzai for the assistance of the Government and the people of Afghanistan to the victims of the earthquake. President Musharaf said, “I appreciate the solidarity that the people of Afghanistan have shown with our people over the past days and it demonstrates a spirit of goodwill between our peoples.”

The President also met with H.E. Shaukat Aziz, Prime Minister of Pakistan, at his office and discussed the earthquake. Prime Minister Aziz thanked President Karzai for the assistance of the Afghan relief and medical teams and said that the Afghan helicopters have proven to be effective in the search, rescue and relief operations.

At the end of the meeting, President Karzai and Prime Minister Aziz gave a joint press conference and stressed the need for strengthening friendly relations between the two countries.

The President was accompanied on this visit by H.E. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Foreign Minister, H.E. General Abdul Rahim Wardak, Defense Minister, H.E. Dr. Zalmay Rasul, National Security Advisor, H.E. Dr. Sayed Muhammad Amin Fatimi, Health Minister, H.E. Muhammad Ismail Khan, Minister of Energy and Mrs. Fatema Gillani, Head the Afghan Red Crescent Society.

The President was also accompanied on this visit by a medical team from the Ministry of Health, which included 14 doctors and 16 medical staff, destined for areas worst affected by the earthquake. During this visit, the Government of Afghanistan donated an extra 5 tons of medicine and equipment to the victims of the earthquake.

For further information, please contact:

Khaleeq Ahmad, Deputy Spokesman on International Affairs
Tel.: 00 93 70 286 853

 

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