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    The sides agreed to jointly fight against terrorism and establish a hot line to connect land forces commanders with the aim to coordinate their actions.

    NEW DELHI (Sputnik) — The Pakistani and Afghan military chiefs have held first phone talks via a recently established hot line between army commanders, a Pakistani military spokesman said Wednesday.

    ​On Sunday, Pakistani Chief of Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif met with the Afghan leaders in Kabul. The sides agreed to jointly fight against terrorism and establish the hot line to connect land forces commanders with the aim to coordinate their actions.

    Afghanistan is in a political and social turmoil, with the Taliban and other extremist factions such as Daesh (Islamic State, outlawed in Russia) taking advantage of instability in the country.

    Islamabad has been an active mediator in Afghan peace talks. In July, Pakistan hosted a first round of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban insurgents, which were followed by a number of reconciliation meetings, but stalled later.


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