Aug 27 2013, 3:40pm CDT | by IANS
The statement came hours after Afghan President Hamid Karzai concluded a two-day visit to Pakistan that was focused on efforts to encourage Taliban to come to the negotiating table, Xinhua reported.
Karzai's spokesperson Aimal Faizi said that Karzai pressed for Islamabad's help to bring Taliban leaders to the negotiating table.
Afghan government claims that leaders of Taliban are living in Pakistan and that Islamabad should use influence on them and facilitate direct talks between Taliban and Afghan High Peace Council.
Pakistan's Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, however, said the Taliban are not willing to talk to Afghan government or Afghan High Peace Council.
Aziz said that Karzai's visit helped forge understanding and remove misgivings between the two countries.
"The two sides acknowledged that their peace and stability was interlinked," he said.
Sharif reaffirmed Pakistan's strong and sincere support for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, saying the region has witnessed conflict and instability for decades and it's high time to realise common agenda of peace and development in the two neighbouring countries.
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