Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi called his Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani today (Friday) to express his condolences on the sad killing of the governor, police chief and intelligence head in a terrorist attack in Kandahar yesterday.
In a statement issued by Foreign Office today (Friday), the Minister also offered prayers for the departed souls and conveyed his condolences for the victims' families.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi reiterated that Pakistan condemns terrorism. He said Pakistan will continue to work with Afghanistan for achieving long term peace and stability in the region, for which ending the conflict in Afghanistan is an essential step.
He said peace and economic development in Pakistan is linked with restoration of complete peace and stability in Afghanistan.
The Foreign Minister expressed the hope that parliamentary elections will be held in a peaceful environment in Afghanistan tomorrow. He said these elections are an important landmark for strengthening of democracy in the country, which remains the key to achieve sustainable peace and progress in Afghanistan.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi also reassured his Afghan counterpart about Pakistan's complete support for Afghan democratic process.
Thanking the Foreign Minister for his support, the Afghan Foreign Minister briefed Shah Mehmood Qureshi about the difficulties being faced by the Afghan government in holding the upcoming elections in Afghanistan in a successful manner. He reiterated the Afghan government's strong resolve to overcome all difficulties in this regard.
Salahuddin Rabbani also expressed the hope that both countries will continue to work together in pursuing peace and an end to the decades-old conflict in Afghanistan.
Ambassador of Spain pays farewell call on FM Qureshi in Islamabad
Ambassador Carlos Morales of Spain paid a farewell call on Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Islamabad today (Friday).
During the meeting, the Foreign Minister appreciated the ambassador's efforts in promoting Pakistan-Spain bilateral relations during his tenure in Pakistan.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi emphasized the need to augment trade and economic ties and greater people to people contacts between the two countries.
The Spanish Ambassador reciprocated his government's desire to further enhance cooperation between the two countries in all areas of mutual interest particularly in the field of tourism.