ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Thursday said it stands committed to support Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process for establishment of durable peace and stability in region.

Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz conveyed this message to a high-level delegation from Afghanistan led by Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani.

The high-level Afghan delegation is visiting Pakistan after Afghan Taliban postponed second round of peace talks with Afghan government early this month following death news of Taliban leader Mullah Omar.

The Afghan foreign minister was accompanied by Masoom Stanekzai, Acting Defence Minister and Rahmatullah Nabil, Director General of National Directorate of Security and others, a press release issued by the Foreign Office said this.

It said the two sides, inter alia, had candid discussion on Pak-Afghan bilateral relations, evolving political and security situation in Afghanistan, security cooperation between the two countries, and peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.

The adviser conveyed Pakistan’s conviction for building a constructive and forward-looking relationship with Afghanistan and conveyed Pakistan’s readiness to work with Afghanistan in overcoming all challenges.

He emphasised that the two countries should have trust and faith in each other and discourage spoilers and detractors who have been trying to create mistrust between the two brotherly countries.

The adviser reiterated Pakistan’s condemnation of recent terrorist incidents in Afghanistan, expressed condolences, and underscored the need for joint efforts to meet common challenges and root out menace of terrorism.

Rabbani reaffirmed Afghan desire to work closely with Pakistan to enhance mutual cooperation in all areas of common interest.

He concurred with the imperative of common endeavours for countering terrorism and for enduring peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region. The two sides agreed to maintain close contact to promote bilateral cooperation, address all issues of common concern, and evolve a strategic consensus to respond to the security challenges of the region.