ISLAMABAD, Feb 23 (APP):Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi Saturday said Pakistan attached great importance to its neighbours and South Asia and believed in the lasting peace.

He spoke with Foreign Minister of Nepal Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, who is also the Chair of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), and discussed the evolving peace and security situation in the region, Foreign Office in a press release said.

The foreign minister said the SAARC was a forum established to bring the countries of the region together and therefore, Nepal, as Chair could play a constructive role in this regard.

The Nepali foreign minister said that peace and the security of the region was a primary responsibility of all.

Nepal as a member of SAARC and friend of Pakistan firmly believed that peace was in the interest of everyone, he added.