Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, Thursday telephoned Nawaz Sharif and congratulated him on assuming the office of Pakistan Prime Minister and invited him to visit Afghanistan, the PM office said.


Relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan are currently tense over cross-border attacks and Kabul’s claim that Pakistani forces have constructed check posts on the Afghan side of the border.


Afghan officials have attached hopes to the new Pakistani government to play its role in the elusive peace and reconciliation process.


“Mr. Hamid Karzai, President Afghanistan telephoned Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and felicitated him on his assumption of the office of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, this morning,” the PM office said.


While talking to the Prime Minister, Mr. Hamid Karzai extended his best wishes and expressed the hope that both the brotherly countries will continue to work for further improvement in the bilateral relations which would augur well for peace and stability in the region.


Mr. Hamid Karzai also extended invitation to Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to visit Afghanistan.


The Prime Minister accepted the invitation and thanked the President of Afghanistan for inviting him. The Prime Minister said that he is looking forward to visit Afghanistan, the PM office said in a statement.


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also felicitated Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and the people of Pakistan on the successful completion of general elections in Pakistan and victory of PML(N), the Foreign Ministry said.


In his message of felicitations, President Ahmadinejad expressed confidence that relations between the two brotherly countries would flourish under the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.


In a separate message, the Speaker of the Iran’s Consultative Assembly, Mr. Ali Larijani, also congratulated the Prime Minister, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.