Pakhtunkhwa Times

Pak-Afghan To Continue Talks To Ensure Stability

Posted in 1 by ppfcanada on April 7, 2009

KN Monitoring Desk

ISTANBUL: Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to continue talks for cooperation in political, security fields to ensure peace and stability in the region.

This was stated in a Joint Declaration after a meeting between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani under the mediation of the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Istanbul.

Both the countries agreed to continue the trilateral summit process with the help of Turkey.

The meeting had been planned when Turkish President Abdullah Gul met President Asif Ali Zardari on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York.

Prime Minister Gilani stressed that regional stability was vital for prosperity of the region, particularly of Pakistan.

The leaders agreed that global cooperation was essential for fighting terrorism and extremism.

He said Turkey would extend full cooperation to Pakistan and Afghanistan to resolve their disputes for overall development in the region.

The Turkish prime minister said the process initiated by his country had been disconnected in the past and now it was being revived.

The meeting welcomed the process of mini-jirga and expressed the hope that it would contribute to peace and reconciliation.

The participants decided that the second trilateral summit would be held at the earliest convenience of the presidents of the three countries.

Reading out a joint declaration, Mr Erdogan said President Karzai and Prime Minister Gilani had expressed satisfaction over contacts and cooperation between their countries and agreed to take the dialogue process forward.

He said both the countries had agreed to enhance cooperation in all fields to achieve stability and prosperity of their people.
The meeting was the follow-up of the Ankara Declaration of a trilateral summit held on April 29-30.

Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani says, Pakistan has taken bold and effective steps to fight extremism and terrorism to ensure world peace and security.

Addressing the preliminary session the World Economic Forum meeting on Europe and Central Asia in Istanbul, he sought the support of the international community in achieving the goals of peace and development.

He said Pakistan’s soil will not be allowed to be used to attack its neighbours and the international community should also ensure that Pakistan’s sovereignty is not violated.

Earlier, the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his opening remarks urged the world to work collectively to face the economic and security challenges.

He also called for the resolution of regional disputes through negotiations.

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