Issue Brief “Imran Khan’s Visit to Kabul: An Assessment”

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On November 19, 2020 Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan paid a long-awaited day-long visit to Afghanistan. The intent of the visit was to deepen “fraternal bilateral relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan,” advance the Afghan peace process, and promote “regional economic development and connectivity.”[1]

The visit came on the heels of a number of confidence-building measures and series of preceding high-level visits to improve bilateral trust and develop a more conducive environment for peaceful ties that could transform the nature of this important relationship. Due to common and mutual interests, as well as the commitment to improve them further – such as by these contacts between representatives of both countries – bilateral engagement between Pakistan and Afghanistan has been on an upward trajectory in recent months.

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