ISLAMABAD (APP) President Asif Zardari on Friday declared that a stable, prosperous and peaceful Afghanistan was in the interest of Pakistan which firmly believes in the policy of neutrality and non-interference in its internal matters. Talking to Afghan Foreign Minister Dr Zalmai Rassoul at Aiwan-e-Sadr, the President said Pakistan supports the Afghan-led political reconciliation process and efforts for the stability of the neighbouring country. The President said that economic development of the countries in the region and a political approach to the issues involved held great potential for peace and stability and needed to be pursued vigorously. Briefing the media Spokesperson to the President former Senator Farhatullah Babar said matters relating to Pak-Afghan bilateral relations, security situation in Afghanistan, Afghan Peace Jirga, Kabul Conference, regional situation, connectivity projects and Afghan refugees in Pakistan were discussed during the meeting. He said Pakistan has consistently supported an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led process of reconciliation and reintegration. The President said Pakistan was ready to assist Afghanistan in all possible manners for the development of infrastructure and strengthening of its institutions. He appreciated the recently held Afghan Peace Jirga, terming it a positive move towards the political reconciliation process. He hoped that efforts of Afghan government would gradually lead to the inclusion of reconcilable elements in the national mainstream. Regarding the Kabul Conference, the President said Pakistan would assist in making it a success. The President said Pakistan was against militancy and extremism in any form and at any location and both the governments needed to work closely for eliminating terrorism. Highlighting the importance to strengthen bilateral engagements and to develop institutional mechanism for promoting cooperation in various areas, the President said Pakistan could organize training programs for civilians and Afghan National Army Police. He said the two countries should take all possible steps to increase the current volume of bilateral trade as agreed by leaders of both the countries. He said Pakistan was committed to early finalization of Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement. The President highlighting the importance of various connectivity projects also asked for Afghan cooperation in establishing road link with Tajikistan on the Chitral-Durrah Pass-Istakul-Gulkhana-Ishkashim route. About the Afghan refugee issue, the President said Pakistan continues to host some three million refugees and it wants them to return to their homes with honour and safety so that they could play positive role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan. He hoped that these refugees would duly be factored in any reintegration process. The Afghan Foreign Minister thanked the President for meeting and for Pakistans support to Afghanistan in an effort to bring stability, peace and development. Dr Zalmai Rassoul was accompanied by senior Afghan officials of Afghan Embassy and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From Pakistan side, Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Minister for Foreign Affairs, M Salman Faruqui, Secretary General to the President, Kamal Majidullah, SAPM, Salman Bashir, Foreign Secretary and other senior officials were present besides Spokesperson to the President former Senator Farhatullah Babar.