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Afghan Ministers Visit Pakistan - 2002-08-26


Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah and Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani are in Islamabad for wide-ranging talks with Pakistani officials.

The visit is aimed a improving ties between the two neighboring countries which were strained after the collapse of the Taleban, which Islamabad backed until September 11th.

Pakistani officials say the talks will focus on matters ranging from rehabilitation and reconstruction of Afghanistan to other bilateral issues, including the early release of Pakistani prisoners detained in Afghanistan.

They say Pakistan hopes to gain the release of between 800 and 900 Pakistanis currently held in Afghanistan for allegedly joining the Taleban and al-Qaida forces.

The two ministers are holding separate talks with their Pakistani counterparts and are also scheduled to meet with President Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday, before returning to Kabul.

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