Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. - A file photo

PESHAWAR: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has arrived in Kabul to hold talks with the Afghan leadership on bilateral relations and peace and security.

During his daylong visit, the minister will meet his Afghan counterpart as well as the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah. Mr Qureshi will also extend an invitation to the Afghan president on behalf of Prime Minister Imran Khan to visit Pakistan.

It is first foreign visit of Shah Mahmood Qureshi since assuming the office of the foreign minister. The Foreign Office spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal said in a Twitter message that the visit underlines the importance that Pakistan attaches to work closely with Afghanistan for regional peace and stability.

He said successful outcome of the visit will lead future efforts to enhance bilateral cooperation.