ISLAMABAD, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari Tuesday assured the visiting Afghan peace envoy of his country's strong support for the reconciliation process in the war-ravaged country.
Salahuddain Rabbani, Chairman of Afghan Peace Council, called on President Zardari on the second day of his visit and they discussed peace process in Afghanistan, regional situation and bilateral relations, presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said.
"Pakistan would continue to extend every possible support to its Afghan brothers in their journey towards peace and socio- economic development as peaceful, stable and economically developed Afghanistan was vital for Pakistan's own stability and prosperity," the President said.
He said that Pakistan firmly believes in Afghan-led and Afghan- owned reconciliation process in the country, which was the most viable way to ensure permanent peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Briefing on the meeting, the spokesman said that the President expressed confidence that Salahuddin Rabbani will be able to lead the process of Afghan peace and reconciliation in a manner that will take 'us nearer to our common goals' and expressed hope that his visit will pave the way for further enhancing relations between the two countries.
The spokesman added that the two leaders called for increased coordination between the two countries to prevent incidents of cross-border shelling in future.
President Zardari said that terrorism was a common threat to Afghanistan and Pakistan and urged both sides to work together to eliminate this scourge and ensure peace and stability in the region.
The President also stressed the need for the two countries to curb the financing of terrorism as there exists a clear connection between large heroin trade and terrorism. He said that the money generated from the heroin trade was being used to finance terror operations and that we will only conquer the heroin trade through collective action.
Salahuddain Rabbani thanked President Zardari for the support and cooperation Pakistan has been extending towards peace, stability and development of Afghanistan. He said that Afghanistan was keen to further strengthen brotherly relationship with Pakistan as the destinies of the people of the two countries were interlinked.
The Afghan peace envoy also met Pakistan's army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and they discussed matters of mutual interest, particularly peace process in Afghanistan, a brief military statement said.
Rabbani held talks with Pakistani religious leaders and asked them to encourage Taliban, Hizb-e-Islami and other resistance groups to join reconciliation process.