Afghan President in Pakistan for Talks

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai is in Pakistan for talks on bilateral ties, in his first visit since terrorist leader Osama bin Laden was found and killed in Pakistan in a U.S. raid last month.

Mr. Karzai is holding talks Friday and Saturday with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, despite tensions about the discovery of bin Laden.

Mr. Karzai has said in the past that the war against terrorism should focus on Pakistan rather than Afghanistan.

The talks are not expected to produce major breakthroughs on mending the deep distrust between the two countries.

They are likely to focus on Afghan efforts to negotiate peace with the Taliban. Pakistan has better relations with the tribal group and is seen as a key player in the peace negotiations.

Discussions will also include cooperation in the war against terror and expanding trade and business ties. A joint peace commission is also scheduled to meet during Mr. Karzai's two-day visit.