Zardari to attend Afghan summit next week

Published: October 27, 2011
Zardari to travel to Turkey for talks on Pak-Afghan relations. PHOTO:FILE

Zardari to travel to Turkey for talks on Pak-Afghan relations. PHOTO:FILE

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari will hold talks with Afghan and Turkish leaders on the eve of a long-awaited conference on Afghanistan in Istanbul, the foreign office said Thursday.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Turkish President Abullah Gul will also attend the meeting on Saturday, spokeswoman Tehmina Janjua told reporters.

The agenda will include peace, stability and reconciliation in Afghanistan and economic cooperation for Afghanistan, she said.

“Pakistan strongly supports these areas” and will continue to “contribute constructively to all endeavours and initiatives in this regard,” she said.

Turkey hosts a regional conference on Afghanistan on November 2 in Istanbul, which Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar will attend.

The Istanbul conference is intended to chart Afghanistan’s future with the US-led Nato mission already locked into troop drawdowns that are scheduled to bring all foreign combat troops home by 2014.

“Pakistan supports efforts for a secure, peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan contributing to stability, security and prosperity in the region,” Janjua told a weekly press briefing.

“It is important that unity of purpose and the region?s support for Afghanistan must be ensured through consensus decision making.”

Visiting Islamabad last week, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Pakistan to take action within “days and weeks” on dismantling Afghan militant havens and encouraging the Taliban into peace talks.

Pakistan has called for comprehensive reconciliation in Afghanistan and security officials say that contacts with Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani faction could help facilitate future peace talks with Kabul and Washington.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Cautious
    Oct 28, 2011 - 3:05AM

    Maybe Turkey can explain to Pakistan how they handle sovereignty issues when terrorist hide out in neighboring countries — last I recall they sent 12 battalions across the border to punish the PKK hiding in Iraq.


  • Billoo Bhaya
    Oct 28, 2011 - 6:52AM

    Pakistan Embassy in Turkey please keep tabs on expenses relating to women hires as translators!!! Zardari expenses on a previous trip was an explanation of a President-on-Heat. Given his consiratorial skills he should be able to run through the Afghans like knife through butter.


  • Oct 28, 2011 - 9:13PM

    muhammad ibraheem badin sindh pakistan
    president asif ali zardari and his government is important for all of us
    his government is the best
    media is independent
    his government has spent 4 years very carefully serving the nation
    during his governemnt judiciary is indpendent
    All the best to him and his government

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