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Kabul Ready to Discuss Any Issue at Trilateral Summit

Pajhwok Afghan News

May 4, 2009

WASHINGTON (PAN): Afghan Ambassador to the US Said T Jawad has said Kabul is ready to discuss any issue with Pakistani and American delegations at tri-lateral meetings to be held in Washington this week. He hailed as historic Wednesdays summit among presidents of Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States.

Leading a high-powered delegation, President Hamid Karzai is expected to arrive inWashington Monday night to attend the trilateral meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari and the US leader Barack Obama. Zardari too is expected to land in theUS Monday evening.

The Afghan delegation is coming here well-prepared to discuss all the issues. We are very much interested in making this round of meetings substantive and result-oriented, Jawad told Pajhwok Afghan News in an interview on the eve of Karzais arrival here.

We have indicated to our friends in the US and also in Pakistan that we are ready to talk about any and all issues that would help us fight terrorism and extremism in Afghanistan,Pakistan and in the region, observed the ambassador. We are interested in discussing any issue that they would like to take up.

Pinning high hopes on the trilateral summit, the top diplomat was confident that theWashington meeting would result in enhanced cooperation among the three countries.

We are sure that the meeting would have specific results on the issue of improving trade and transit, enhancing intelligence sharing, improving security cooperation, and more importantly, providing better grounds for cooperation in agriculture between Afghanistan and Pakistan, Jawad remarked.

He recalled the first tri-lateral meeting in early March at the ministerial level laid the foundation for closer co-operation. This meeting would not only enhance the degree of cooperation but also the meetings this time are very focused, with clear and attainable objectives on different issues.

Karzai will have a hectic schedule during his stay in Washington. A day after his arrival, he will address think tanks and academicians at the prestigious Brookings Institute.

The same day, Karzai will meet the leadership of the House of Representatives and the Senate. He would also be meeting separately members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee \and other influential Congressional panels.

On Wednesday, Karzai will meet Obama at the White House on a one-to-one basis, following which the first ever Afghan-Pak-US summit under the Obama administration would take place at the White House. The president would have a series of tri-lateral meetings in the morning.

A number of trilateral meetings have been scheduled for Thursday at the ministerial level on key issues foreign policy, security, intelligence sharing, transit and finance and agriculture.

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