Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will embark upon a four-nation tour to Central Asian Republics (CARs) and Iran from Wednesday to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.

The foreign minister will commence his visit from Tajikistan followed by Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran.

“During the visit, the foreign minister will have high-level interactions to exchange views on the evolving situation in Afghanistan and on enhancing bilateral relations,” the Foreign Office said on Tuesday.

The FO said Pakistan believed that the countries in the region have a vital stake in the peace, security and stability of Afghanistan and the region.

“It is important to coordinate closely with the neighbours to address common challenges and advance shared goals of peace, security, stability and regional connectivity,” it said.

In the bilateral context, the foreign minister’s visit to these countries will build on the recent high-level exchanges to further intensify close cooperative relations.

The FO said Pakistan desired to further deepen and broaden its multifaceted cooperation with these partners.

“The foreign minister’s visit would help promote a coordinated regional approach as well as strengthen Pakistan’s engagement with Central and West Asia,” it said.

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