ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and Afghanistan Thursday agreed to write a new chapter in their bilateral relations through mutually decided frameworks including the political one for lasting peace and security in the region. There has been qualitative change in Pak-Afghan bilateral relations over the past two and half years, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi told a press conference along with his visiting Afghan counterpart Zalmay Rassoul here at Foreign Office. He said both the countries have discussed the entire gambit of bilateral relations, including upcoming trilateral summit in Washington, adding that the process of consultation between the two countries has helped build trust and a relationship to achieve our shared objectives. Qureshi said both the countries have decided to set up a joint commission as part of their efforts to enhance mutual consultation process to fight the menace of terrorism and move forward for peace and security in the region. The commission, he said will have officials from the foreign offices, military and intelligence of the two countries to give impetus to the ongoing engagement process and promote understanding for peace and security in the region. Qureshi said Afghan Transit Trade agreement was also discussed in the meeting and Pakistan reaffirmed the commitment for its implementation in letter and spirit. He said that the two sides also agreed to establish a process of consultation between the Planning Commission of Pakistan and the Afghan Ministry of Economy to work out mutually beneficial projects to enhance socio-economic conditions of their people. Describing his talks with Pakistani counterpart as positive and productive, the Afghan Foreign Minister said the engagement process would further strengthen bilateral relations and help achieve the objective peace in the region. Regarding a trilateral meeting among Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States in Washington, Qureshi said it would open a new chapter of political process. Highlighting the importance of regional and international consultation to find a peaceful solution to the Afghan problem, Qureshi said efforts being made by Turkey in this regard had helped bring Pakistan and Afghanistan more closer. He said the contact group of Islamic countries on Afghanistan would also meet in Jeddah next month and Pakistan would actively participate in the meeting to ensure peace and security in the region. He said the menace of drug trafficking could also be resolved through regional cooperation. Referring to the importance of the trilateral meeting being held in Washington, both the foreign ministers agreed that international cooperation was necessary for economic development in Afghanistan.