FM reiterates Pakistan’s commitment for peace, stability in Afghanistan

PAKISTAN

Islamabad: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has reiterated Pakistan’s commitment towards peace and stability in Afghanistan.

He was talking with Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani who made a telephone call to him on Monday.

Both sides agreed on continued cooperation under Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS).

They also agreed to resolve security issues concerning Pakistan Consulate in Jalalabad.

Afghan Foreign Minister congratulated him on his appointment as Foreign Minister of Pakistan and expressed the greetings and best wishes of government and people of Afghanistan for Pakistan.

Salahuddin Rabbani said that he looked forward to strengthen Pak-Afghan bilateral relations.

Pakistani Foreign Minister said as close neighbors, peace and prosperity of the two countries are interlinked. He highlighted the need to work together for achieving lasting regional peace.

The two leaders agreed that the next round of APAPPS would be soon held in Islamabad. They also welcomed the holding of joint Pak-Afghan Ulema Conference in Islamabad, the dates for which are being finalized.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi requested Afghan Government for restoring previous security arrangements existing till 28th August 2018; so that Consulate General’s normal functioning could be resumed at the earliest.

Afghan FM reassured a positive outcome soon in this regard and mentioned his meeting with the Ambassador of Pakistan in Kabul yesterday.

Foreign Minister Rabbani also extended an invitation to Shah Mahmood Qureshi to visit Afghanistan at an early date, which he accepted.