Zakhilwal, Dar discuss bilateral ties, JEC issues

ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Afghanistan Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal called on Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar here on Wednesday.
They discussed various issues of mutual interest, including current state of Pak-Afghan bilateral relations especially in the context of economic cooperation. 
Finance Minister said that enhanced economic cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan would not only benefit the two countries, but also boost regional cooperation and trade. He said Pakistan wanted to see peace and economic progress in Afghanistan which would open many other avenues of mutual cooperation. 
The Afghan Ambassador stated that the next session of Pak-Afghan Joint Economic Commission (JEC) was due and proposed that the same may be held in Kabul in September. 
Finance Minister welcomed the proposal and stated that mutually convenient dates be decided to hold the session during the next month.  He added that the JEC meeting would provide an opportunity to discuss measures for furthering the cause of economic cooperation between the two countries. He said that the Economic Affairs Division would liaise with the Embassy of Afghanistan to work out details in this regard.
Meanwhile, Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman called on Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar here on Wednesday.
The Air Chief briefed the Minister about ongoing and future development projects of Pakistan Air Force and other related financial matters.
Finance Minister on the occasion appreciated the different development schemes being undertaken by the PAF to enhance its operational capability. He made particular mention of PAF's important role in the Operation Zarb-e-Azb, to eliminate the menace of terrorism.
The minister assured the Air Chief that fulfilling defence requirements is the top priority of the PML-N Government. He said the government acknowledges the services rendered by the Air Force for the country and would continue to make sure that all their financial requirements are catered for.
The meeting was also attended Secretary Finance and other senior officials. - NNI