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Pakistan PM to visit Afghanistan this month

June 8, 2013 at 1:17 PM   |   Comments

LAHORE, Pakistan, June 8 (UPI) -- Pakistan's prime minister will visit Afghanistan this month, Pakistani officials said.

The exact dates of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's pending meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai were not yet finalized, Tariq Azeem, head of the PML-N, said Saturday.

"Prime Minister Sharif has accepted an invitation extended by Mr. Karzai recently and the dates of his visit will be finalized shortly," Azeem said.

The Press-Trust of India said the meeting would cover a range of topics, particularly the goal of bringing the Taliban into the peace talks. The prospects of the Taliban coming to the table may have been lessened by the recent killing of a top Pakistani Taliban leader by a U.S. drone, but PML-N officials told PTI they did not believe the attack would be a deal breaker.

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