Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will embark upon a nine-day tour to four countries from April 18 “for peace and stability in the region,” sources told The Correspondent on Wednesday.

The foreign minister will visit the UAE, Iran, Qatar and Turkey during his peace mission. He will reach Abu Dhabi on April 18 and hold meetings with his counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Bilateral relations, visa issues, Pakistan-India conflict, Afghan peace process and other regional and global issues will be discussed during the meeting, sources added.

He will arrive in Tehran on April 20 and meet his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif. They will discuss matters relating to bilateral relations, Afghan situation and regional issues.

He will leave for Doha, the capital of Qatar, on April 22 where Afghan peace will be on top of the agenda. Qatar has been in the forefront in Afghan peace process. The US and the Taliban signed an agreement in February last year in Doha under which US troops were to be withdrawn till May 1.

On the last leg of his tour, Foreign Minister Qureshi will reach Istanbul on April 23, said the sources.

He will hold separate meetings with his Turk counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu and a trilateral meeting that includes Afghanistan foreign minister, they continued.

Turkey is hosting Afghan peace conference under the aegis of the United Nations from April 24.

Apart from Afghan government and Taliban delegations, representatives of UN, US, Turkey, Qatar, Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran and India will attend the conference that will conclude on May 4.


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