KABUL (Pajhwok): Ambassador of Afghanistan Najibullah Alikhil paid a courtesy call on Pakistan Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Islamabad on Friday.
A statement issued from the Pakistan Foreign Office said Foreign Minister Qureshi congratulated the Afghanistan Ambassador on his appointment stating that Afghanistan and Pakistan had deep-rooted historic ties based on common religion, geography and culture.
Referring to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s landmark visit to Afghanistan, the Foreign Minister remarked that the visit built on the sustained engagements witnessed in the recent months between the two countries.
The Shared Vision document issued during the Prime Minister’s visit had laid down the framework for a forward-looking comprehensive bilateral partnership.
Qureshi expressed satisfaction on his meeting with Foreign Minister Haneef Atmar on the sidelines of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) Session in Niamey and underlined the importance of effective follow-up.
He welcomed the recent agreement on rules and procedures between the Afghan parties in Doha and reiterated Pakistan’s continuous support for a peaceful, stable and sovereign Afghanistan.
He remarked that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan would help realize regional connectivity and facilitate economic development.
Ambassador Alikhil conveyed greetings on behalf of Foreign Minister Atmar and appreciated Pakistan’s positive contribution to the Afghan peace process, and especially thanked Foreign Minister Qureshi for his personal efforts.