Talking to Chairman Foreign Affairs Committee of US House of Representatives Gregory Meeks through video link, FM Qureshi said that said Pakistan was desirous of peace in the region, including Afghanistan.
"Pakistan and the United States have the commonality of views about peace in the region," the FM said. "Peace is necessary for the promotion of regional linkages." He said Pakistan has focused on geographical economic priorities.
FM Qureshi further apprised the Chairman Foreign Affairs Committee of the US House of Representatives about Pakistan's concern on the rising trend of Islamophobia in the world.
"Pakistan has been raising voice against the growing trend of Islamophobia at different international forums, including the United Nations," he said.
The diplomat added that the international community would have to take joint steps to prevent Islamophobia and ensure peaceful coexistence.
Meeks said Pakistan was an important country in the region and its efforts for peace in the region were commendable.
He also expressed condolence over the killing of four members of a Pakistani-origin family in Canada.