As FES reorients its regional project on Afghanistan with an increasing emphasis on the Afghanistan-Pakistan bilateral relations, the meeting between the APG and PPG was meant to chalk out the plan of action for the coming year.
Working in smaller groups, the two policy groups reached a consensus on focusing on media, economic and security relations for the year ahead through various instruments – research papers, training workshops, fact finding trips, exchange programs and so on. The first day of the meeting also involved an in-depth and candid discussion among the participants on the reconciliation process in Afghanistan, the challenges that lie ahead in 2016 for the region as a whole, and the game changers and continuing trends that are foreseeable in the near future.
The meeting culminated with an interactive APG-PPG seminar with members of the Young Leaders Forum and civil society activists. The seminar included a panel discussion featuring members from both policy groups – Mirwais Yasini, Member of Parliament, Lt. Gen (retd.) Hadi Khalid and Mr. Omar Sharifi, Research Scholar at Boston University from the APG and Mr. Khalid Aziz, convener for PPG, Lt. Gen. Hamid Khan and Mr. Rahimullah Yousafzai, senior journalist with The News International from Pakistan. The panel focused on the existing state of Afghanistan-Pakistan relations, prospects for security cooperation between them and the way forward for the two countries to ensure peace in the region.
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