Zardari talks energy in Turkey

Leaders from Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan attend the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) summit in Istanbul.


Express/reuters December 23, 2010

ISTANBUL: President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday said Pakistan can play the role of a bridge for energy supply in the region.

The president was addressing the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) summit in Istanbul which is being attended by leaders from Afghanistan and Iran, among others.

Zardari said countries in the region should benefit from Pakistan's important geo-political location for economic activity in the area, terming the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline a big achievement. Zardari also offered Pakistan's assistance for re-building Afghanistan.

The ECO promotes regional trade and economic development and its members are

"Zero problem with neighbours"

Turkey will use the ECO summit to showcase its growing diplomatic assertiveness and project a foreign policy it defines as having "zero problems with neighbours".

Tension is high between Islamabad and Tehran after a mosque bombing in Iran and President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, which is fighting al Qaeda and Taliban militants, is also attending.

"Turkey is providing a model for these countries in the region, many of which are going nowhere in terms of social peace and economic prosperity," said Semih Idiz, a Turkish foreign policy analyst. "Turkey provides an alternative of political stability, economic growth and regional peace."

In the past decade, Turkey has transformed itself from a financial basket case on the periphery of Europe into one of the world's best-performing economies which now stakes a claim to a regional leadership role.

Gul said regional leaders should work closer to turn ECO into an important corridor for energy, communications and transportation between the East and the West.

"Our region which has been the centre of trade for thousands of years among three continents has to return to its glorious days again," he said during his speech in an Ottoman palace on the European shore of the Bosphorus, overlooking the Asian side.

US and Western allies have praised Turkey's role in exporting democracy and economic prosperity in the region, but some allies are concerned the Muslim Nato member might be undermining international efforts to isolate Iran.

COMMENTS (6)

Haroon+Rashid | 10 years ago | Reply The TAPI gas, besides the SAARC member countries, then BRIC member countries indicates India's strength with its naval achievements. India with its might in the region particularly for acquisition in parallel with China in the region in oil exploration, extraction, in the region. with strength in the Indian Rupee, economy, and the strength of Yuan and China's stock piling of gold with the Cenral Banks, etc. Turkey is a great regional mediator helped all. Turkey should be consulted in the event of any conflict on bilateral trade, etc., etc. Turkey should be the venue for Arbitration & Dispute REsolution in Istanbul based on any dispute arising in the field of Oil & Gas in the sub-continent of India Pakistan, China.
Haroon Rashid | 10 years ago | Reply The TAPI gas, besides the SAARC member countries, then BRIC member countries indicates India's strength with its naval achievements. India with its might in the region particularly for acquisition in parallel with China in the region in oil exploration, extraction, in the region. with strength in the Indian Rupee, economy, and the strength of Yuan and China's stock piling of gold with the Cenral Banks, etc. Turkey is a great regional mediator helped all. Turkey should be consulted in the event of any conflict on bilateral trade, etc., etc. Turkey should be the venue for Arbitration & Dispute REsolution in Istanbul based on any dispute arising in the field of Oil & Gas in the sub-continent of India Pakistan, China.strong text
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