Qureshi, Rabbani agrees to continue cooperation for peace

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office has said that Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed to continue cooperation for peace in the better interest of the people of both countries.

According to Foreign Office statement, Afghan Foreign Minister Salahudding Rabbani called FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Monday.

Statement added that Afghan FM Rabbani congratulated FM Qureshi on his appointment as foreign minister and invited Qureshi to visit Kabul at an early date, which he accepted.

The Afghan foreign minister also said that he looked forward to strengthening Pak-Afghan bilateral relations.

Foreign Minister Qureshi thanked the Afghan counterpart and reiterated that peace and prosperity of the two countries are interlinked and highlighted the need to work together to achieve lasting regional peace.

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

The issue of closure of the Pakistan Consulate General in Jalalabad due to a security crisis was also discussed.

Qureshi requested the Afghan government to restore the previous security arrangements so that the consulate general’s normal functioning could be resumed at the earliest, the statement said.

The Afghan foreign minister reassured a positive outcome soon in this regard and mentioned his meeting with the ambassador of Pakistan in Kabul yesterday.

Till the issues is resolved, Pakistan will issue visas to patients or students residing in the jurisdiction of the consulate as an emergency measure, the statement added.

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