Trilateral summit: Ahmadinejad arrives in Islamabad as Karzai meets Gilani

Published: February 16, 2012

Talks to focus on peace talks with the Afghan Taliban and establishment of an independent relationship with Pakistan. PHOTO: AFP

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has arrived in Pakistan for a two-day visit to attend the Pakistan-Iran-Afghanistan trilateral summit in Islamabad, Express News reported on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani welcomed Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the President House.

In a meeting at the Prime Minister House, Gilani and Karzai discussed a range of issues, including the regional situation and bilateral ties, which have been hit by mistrust following recent cross-border attacks. The two leaders also discussed ongoing efforts for restoring peace in conflict-hit Afghanistan, such as US’ negotiations with the Taliban in which both Pakistan and Afghanistan have felt neglected by the US.

The meeting was followed by delegation-level talks. Prime Minister Gilani was assisted by Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan and Commerce Minister Amin Fahim. The PM’s advisers Asim Hussain (natural resources) and Hafeez Shaikh (finance) and minister-in-waiting Engineer Shaukatullah were also present.

Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani and Inter-Services Intelligence Director-General Lt-Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha were also in attendance.

The Afghan delegation included Karzai, Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul and Defence Minister General Abdul Rahim Wardak. Afghan National Security Adviser Rangin Dadfar Spanta, Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Jawed Ludin, Ambassador of Afghanistan to Pakistan Muhammad Umar Daudzai and other senior Afghan government officials also attended the meeting.

Reader Comments (14)

  • Ali Wali
    Feb 16, 2012 - 3:58PM

    Welcome to Pakistan Mr. President, people of Pakistan want a respectable relationship with our neighbors, it is respect rather than control. Bismillah.Recommend

  • Feb 16, 2012 - 4:22PM

    Ahmedi Nejad We are waiting or you :)

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  • Feb 16, 2012 - 4:35PM

    Iran Afghanistan, Pakistan Zindabad

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  • Feb 16, 2012 - 7:09PM

    Vienna,February 16,2012
    Bismillah, Rosgollah & Ayatollah summit is welcome. Allah Hafiz.
    At one time Pakistan considered Dr.Hamid Karzai no more than
    Kabul Mayor.Now he has an elevated status as neighbour.So has
    Ahmedinezad,who needs to break away from international isolation.
    I welcome the development towards co-operation than confrontation.
    I hope the summit is not under duress since both Pakistan and
    Iran are under immense pressure and Dr.Hamid Karzai is more
    at ease. If the summit succeeds it is good signal for world peace
    and prosperity of region. Iran Pakistan India pipeline should be
    operational at the earliest as much as TAPI is top priority. The
    top most priority is the welfare of the all sections of the people
    without gender bias.
    Taravadu Taranga Trust for Media Monitoring TTTMM India
    –Kulamarva Balakrishna

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  • Pakistani
    Feb 16, 2012 - 7:19PM

    Wellcome Mr. President

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  • Feb 16, 2012 - 7:27PM

    @Kulamarva Balakrishna: I thought Indians are tolerant of others traditions and faith,now I think thankfully we have a separate country.Recommend

  • Feb 16, 2012 - 7:30PM

    @Kulamarva Balakrishna: and by the way bismillah means start with the name of God.Recommend

  • Feb 16, 2012 - 7:35PM

    Pakistani education minister should hold meeting with Iranian counter part, and ask him/her how they changed their education system for better in very short time. We need energy and more importantly an honest, well trained and dedicated work force.Recommend

  • Dr. A.K.Tewari
    Feb 16, 2012 - 8:39PM

    @ Balakrishnan,

    Time is rolling on its own , Bismillah ,

    .Rasgulla and Ayatulla . The meaning of this projection of thought should be understood by the trio . Rasgulla is a product of Calcutta which had been taken by KA BULI WALA to Afghnistan .

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  • Faheem Tassadaq Minhas
    Feb 16, 2012 - 9:12PM

    Welcome Mr. President .. Pakistani nation welcome you to this Country…. We all have respect for you..

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  • rk
    Feb 16, 2012 - 9:23PM

    both are living on US tax money …so funny to see them pretending to be some sort of leaders,…hahahhahahhRecommend

  • Mawali
    Feb 17, 2012 - 12:39AM

    Amir khan did a great job in the three idiots. What a cast of characters!

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  • Cautious
    Feb 17, 2012 - 7:09AM

    The three leaders have much in common — their own people don’t like them – their economies are on the verge of collapse – they don’t trust each other – they all dislike the American’s – the American’s dislike all of them, and most of the World has a poor opinion of them. Hard to believe this meeting is going to resolve any meaningful issues.

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  • Baqar
    Feb 17, 2012 - 8:51AM

    Surprised!!! so few Indian trolls have commented…. I can understand how it feels when you are left out from the party that has the power to influence the region. It hurts even more when nobody notice that you are not there.Recommend

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