Pakistan-Turkey joint resolve: Support pledged for Afghan dialogue

Zardari, who is on an official visit to Ankara, said that Pakistan ‘believes in a peaceful transition and...


Afp April 14, 2011

ANKARA:


Turkey and Pakistan on Wednesday voiced support for initiatives to stabilise conflict-torn Afghanistan, including efforts for dialogue with the Taliban.


President Asif Ali Zardari and his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul made the pledges in response to a question on whether Ankara had agreed to host a representation office for the Taliban and whether Islamabad would be ready to help any dialogue process.

“2011 is a very critical year for Afghanistan ... as the foreign troops will begin to withdraw ... we are using all our capabilities to secure Afghanistan’s unity and integrity,” Gul told a joint press conference.

“We are doing this in cooperation with Afghan President [Hamid] Karzai and all Afghan authorities ... we will be part of any activity (aimed at) making further contributions to secure durable peace,” he said.

He would not comment directly on the possible opening of a Taliban office in Turkey.

Zardari, on an official visit to Turkey, said Pakistan “believes in a peaceful transition and dialogue” in Afganistan.

“We’ll be facilitators to any format that leads to peace ... whatever needs to be done, Pakistan will be playing a positive role and hoping to facilitate the transition and dialogue,” he said.

In December, Karzai spoke of suggestions that the Taliban open a representation office in Turkey or another impartial country “to facilitate reconciliation” in Afghanistan, saying he would be happy if Turkey could provide such a venue.



Published in The Express Tribune, April 14th, 2011.


COMMENTS (2)

Usman Ghani Khan | 10 years ago | Reply Zadari visit to Turkey is very important as it will help to create an evironment where all three stakeholders sit together to find ways to resolve diversified completed issues of Affhanistan, more importantly before the departure of allied forces. Truth the matter is, this is not our war, we have been towed into it, Pakistan's economy badly hit, thansands of innocent people killed, trrorism, instability, bomb blasts, uncertainties have demoralised entire nation. We just want to get rid of this situation immediately. I hope meeting of these two leaders would prove successful and Taliban would agree for a peaceful dialogue.*
Hedgefunder | 10 years ago | Reply President Gul should be very careful as to how he handles this den of thieves!! As his dreams of taking Turkey into EU, may be compromised by their involvement, without full support of the US and fellow NATO members!!!
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