Sergei Lavrov speaks during a news conference after meeting with Hina Rabbani Khar in Moscow.—Reuters

MOSCOW: Pakistan on Wednesday reiterated her belief that for durable peace in the region the Afghan conflict should be resolved politically.

Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar told a joint press conference along with her Russian counterpart here that Pakistan had a clear policy of extending full help and cooperation to any Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-driven peace initiative as only that could lead to a lasting solution to the problem.

Khar is visiting the Russian Federation at the invitation of her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov from Feb 7 to 10.

She held in-depth talks with Lavrov on expanding and diversifying Pakistan-Russia relations.

The two foreign ministers exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual interest, besides increasing cooperation in energy, infrastructure development, agriculture, science and technology.

She said there was scope for cooperation between the two countries in different areas and all aspects for improving cooperation were discussed during the meeting of the two foreign ministers.

The two sides agreed to promote and enhance bilateral relations in diverse fields, including trade, energy and people-to-people contact.

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