Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani and President Ashraf Ghani today during his latest visit to Kabul, the first stop on his three-day tour to four countries, which also includes China, Iran and Russia.
The foreign minister will now visit Tehran, where he is scheduled to hold meetings with Iran’s leadership.
Matters of mutual interest were discussed during a meeting between the Qureshi-led Pakistani delegation comprising Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and other high-ranking Foreign Office officials, and the Afghan delegation which was led by Rabbani.
In a separate meeting between Qureshi and Rabbani, the latter lauded Pakistan’s efforts for peace in the region. He also briefed Qureshi about positive developments in the Afghan peace process.
The foreign ministers agreed on promoting political, economic and cultural ties between the two countries. Qureshi emphasised the importance of improved relations for long-lasting peace and stability in the region.
The foreign minister also met the Afghan president separately in the Presidential Palace, where the two stressed the need to improve bilateral relations. President Ghani expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Imran Khan and Qureshi for playing an important role in the Afghan peace process.
Qureshi said that peace and stability in Afghanistan was not only important for the development of both countries but for the entire region.
They also discussed the regional situation and matters of mutual interest. Later, the Afghan president also chaired a meeting between the delegations of both countries.