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Afghan President Arrives In Pakistan At Start Of Two-Day Visit

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (L) walks with Sartaj Aziz, Pakistani prime minister's adviser on foreign affairs, after arriving in Islamabad, November 14, 2014

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has arrived in Pakistan for his first official visit to Islamabad since taking office in September.

Ghani’s two-day visit is aimed at improving ties crucial to his hopes of reviving peace talks with the Taliban.

Kabul says talks also will cover security, border issues, and trade.

Ghani and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are expected to attend an Afghan-Pakistan cricket match in Islamabad on November 15.

Mutual suspicion haunts relations.

Tensions were highlighted last week by a Pentagon report that accused Pakistan of continuing to use "proxy forces" to destabilize Afghanistan.

Both countries accuse each other of allowing militants to shelter in the border regions and launch bloody attacks that threaten regional stability.

Pakistan has been battling Islamist militants in its tribal regions near the Afghan border since 2004 and launched a major offensive there in June.

With reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP