Islamabad (Agencies): Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani telephoned Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Monday.

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, Radio Pakistan reported.

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

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.

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.

Qureshi reiterated Pakistan’s commitment towards peace and stability in Afghanistan.