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Pakistan, Afghan official in talks to ease border tensions

  • A Pakistan army soldier stands guard in the Pakistani tribal area of Khyber near the Torkham border post between Pakistan and Afghanistan, Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Renewed clashes overnight at a Pakistani-Afghan border crossing killed an Afghan border guard and wounded five, an Afghan official said Wednesday, as Islamabad dispatched more troops to the volatile boundary amid an escalation between the two neighbors. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

    A Pakistan army soldier stands guard in the Pakistani tribal area of Khyber near the Torkham border post between Pakistan and Afghanistan, Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Renewed clashes overnight at a Pakistani-Afghan border crossing killed an Afghan border guard and wounded five, an Afghan official said Wednesday, as Islamabad dispatched more troops to the volatile boundary amid an escalation between the two neighbors. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pakistani army spokesman Lt Gen. Asim Bajwa briefs the media regarding the Torkham border gate construction on the Pakistan-Afghan border crossing during a press conference addressing the ongoing military offensive in tribal areas and clashes at the border crossing, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Wednesday, June 15, 2016. The renewed clashes overnight at the Pakistan-Afghan border crossing killed an Afghan border guard and wounded five, an Afghan official said Wednesday, as Islamabad dispatched more troops to the volatile boundary amid an escalation between the two neighbors. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

    Pakistani army spokesman Lt Gen. Asim Bajwa briefs the media regarding the Torkham border gate construction on the Pakistan-Afghan border crossing during a press conference addressing the ongoing military offensive in tribal areas and clashes at the border crossing, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Wednesday, June 15, 2016. The renewed clashes overnight at the Pakistan-Afghan border crossing killed an Afghan border guard and wounded five, an Afghan official said Wednesday, as Islamabad dispatched more troops to the volatile boundary amid an escalation between the two neighbors. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pakistan army troops patrol near the Torkham border post between Pakistan and Afghanistan, Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Renewed clashes overnight at a Pakistani-Afghan border crossing killed an Afghan border guard and wounded five, an Afghan official said Wednesday, as Islamabad dispatched more troops to the volatile boundary amid an escalation between the two neighbors. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

    Pakistan army troops patrol near the Torkham border post between Pakistan and Afghanistan, Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Renewed clashes overnight at a Pakistani-Afghan border crossing killed an Afghan border guard and wounded five, an Afghan official said Wednesday, as Islamabad dispatched more troops to the volatile boundary amid an escalation between the two neighbors. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)  (The Associated Press)

Pakistan's foreign ministry says Islamabad and Kabul are engaged in talks to deescalate tensions at a main border crossing between the two neighboring countries following this week's deadly clashes.

Outbreaks of shooting at the Torkham crossing have killed two Afghan and one Pakistani border guard and wounded at least 20 on both sides.

Spokesman Nafees Zakaria with Pakistan's foreign ministry told reporters in Islamabad on Thursday that he hopes the matter will be resolved soon.

He says the shooting first erupted after Pakistan started building a gate on its side of the Torkham border to curb illegal cross-border movement. He says Pakistan plans to build seven more such gates along the porous 2,200 kilometer (1,375 mile) -long border.

Torkham, a usually busy crossing, has remained closed because of continuing tensions.