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Afghan Leader Wants Security Cooperation With Pakistan

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Pakistani army chief General Raheel Sharif offering prayers at a Pakistani war memorial.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says his country wants to bolster security and defense ties with neighboring Pakistan.

Ghani was speaking on November 14 during a meeting with top Pakistani officials at the country’s military headquarters in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad.

Ghani said cooperation could include training and border management.

A tweet from Pakistani Major General Asim Bajwa, the military's chief spokesman, said: "Security, stability a shared goal. Our security inextricably linked."

Ghani, who is on his first visit to Islamabad since taking office in September, also met with Pakistani Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, and the two set a goal of doubling two-way trade to $5 billion within two years.

Mutual suspicion haunts relations.

Ghani's predecessor, Hamid Karzai, repeatedly accused Pakistan of providing support for Taliban fighters and other militants who have used Pakistan's tribal regions as a base for attacks targeting Afghan and NATO forces.

Islamabad rejected the claim and accused Afghanistan of failing to stop cross-border attacks.

With reporting by, Reuters, and