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Islamabad: Pakistan’s new army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has been invited by Afghan leaders to visit the war-torn country and work together for regional peace.

The invitation was extended on the New Year eve when General Bajwa reached the Afghan leaders over telephone.

Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said in a tweet that General Bajwa called Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and “conveyed best wishes for 2017 and pledged to work together for peace in the region". He also said that “peace in both countries is in greater interest of the region".

“Afghan leadership invited COAS (Chief of Army Staff) for a visit to Afghanistan," Ghafoor said in the tweet.

It was, however, not known when General Bajwa will pay the visit which would be his first since taking over charge of the Pakistan Army in November. The development comes amid tensions between the two countries over militant attacks in Afghanistan.

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