ADDU (Agencies) - Pakistan and Afghanistan on Friday agreed to further enhance cooperation to ensure peace, security and stability in the region. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani held an hour-long meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the newly-built Shangrila Resort here on the sidelines of 17th SAARC Summit and discussed bilateral relations, situation in the region and SAARC affairs. Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Communication Minister Dr Arbab Rahim, Ports and Shipping Minister Babur Ghauri and other officials of Foreign Office also attended the meeting from Pakistan side. Talking to newsmen along with President Karzai , Gilani said his government has made unprecedented efforts to improve its relations with Afghanistan since 2008. The prime minister said that Pakistan was prepared to work in a cooperative mode with Afghanistan and other international partners to promote the shared objectives of stability and peace in Afghanistan. Referring to the assassination of Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani, Gilani said that it was a setback to the peace and reconciliation process, adding that Pakistan will extend full cooperation to the recently constituted joint investigation commission to probe the murder of Rabbani. He said Prof Rabbani was a sincere friend of Pakistan and his death was a great loss to Pakistan. Gilani said the challenges have to be addressed through concerted efforts. PM Gilani said, We need to sincerely commit not to allow our respective national territories to be used for activities detrimental to each others interests. He emphasised that reconciliation and reintegration in Afghanistan have to be entirely Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and part of a domestic political process and assured full support from Pakistan for this process. Afghan President Hamid Karzai while replying to a question said strategic agreement between Afghanistan and India is not against Pakistan or any other country in the region. He said it will help promote education and development in Afghanistan. He said, We fully understand that instability in Pakistan cannot be source of stability in Afghanistan and vice versa. PM Gilani said Pakistan had joined the Joint Peace and Reconciliation Commission on the request of Afghanistan and was still ready to facilitate that process, if requested by Afghanistan. He said various trilateral and quadrilateral processes are aimed at creating an enabling environment to work on development agenda and promote trans-regional development cooperation. These and other important processes such as the ECO and the SCO are now gaining momentum, he added. Both the countries agreed to convene the postponed trilateral meeting between Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan on mutually agreed dates. Gilani also appreciated the out come of the trilateral moot held in Istanbul on Afghanistan which was attended by President Asif Ali Zardari, President Hamid Karzai and President Abdullah Gul and hoped that it will be helpful in resolving the Afghan issue through peaceful means. He said any outstanding or upcoming problems can also be resolved through mutual efforts, especially with the help of Afghanistan Pakistan Transit Trade Coordination Authority. The prime minister said Pakistan and Afghanistan should work jointly for enhancing rail and road connectivity through projects like TAPI and CASA-1000 because these connections can change the region. He said involvement of private sector in development programmes and joint ventures was imperative. He said, We should also encourage project-based cooperation, in the areas of energy, transport, industry, communication, mining, livestock, agriculture and environment. On the other hand, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday met Afghan President Hamid Karzai and is understood to have discussed with him the regional situation and bilateral issues. After his meeting with Dr Singh on the sidelines of the SAARC Summit, Karzai said India is the first country with which Afghanistan has signed a strategic partnership, signifying a 'very positive relationship. Lauding Indias generous developmental assistance to Afghanistan, he told private Indian channels that Afghan people are very grateful for that. Karzai said India is a 'jigri dost (close friend) while Pakistan was a twin brother of Afghanistan. India-Afghanistan partnership is very important for the two countries and also for the region... I hope we will work on creating a better environment for cooperation in the region, especially between Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, Karzai told the channels. On whether he was prepared to share power with Taliban in future, the Afghan president said there was no such thing as sharing power. It has to be done in accordance with Afghan Constitution ... which means power through the ballot. Asked if he was worried about the great game between India and Pakistan after US forces pull out of Afghanistan, he responded hoping that it would be a 'great cooperative game.