ANKARA: The declaration of the tri-lateral dialogues held in Turkey has been issued on Friday. Pakistan‚ Turkey and Afghanistan have agreed to continue joint efforts to promote peace and stability in the region. The summit hailed the decision of Pakistan government for extending time for the presence of Afghan refugees in Pakistan till 2015.
The agreement came at a trilateral summit in Ankara attended by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif‚ Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
In a joint statement after the summit‚ the three leaders said that they held fruitful and comprehensive talks on regional and international security issues at a time when the Heart of Asia is going through a decisive period for the future.
The three leaders pledged to continue close consultations to support the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan. The matters of regional and international security came under discussion during the tri-lateral dialogues. The summit agreed to exchange intelligence sharing for the establishment of peace and curb terrorism. The international community has been asked to play its role for the timely return of the Afghan refugees. It has been said in the declaration that peace in Afghanistan is vital for peace in whole world. Meanwhile Pakistan and Turkey will play their role for peace in Afghanistan.
Earlier‚ addressing a joint news conference in Ankara the three leaders expressed satisfaction over the outcome of the Summit.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif reiterated Pakistan’s strong and sincere commitment for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.
He said Afghanistan today is at a defining moment in its history and all the Afghans should come together to make peace and rebuild their country.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan would continue to facilitate the peace process for a peaceful Afghanistan.
He said together we are working to build a new chapter in Pakistan-Afghanistan relations.
Nawaz Sharif appreciated Turkey’s support for building sustainable peace in the heart of Asia.
He said Pakistan and Turkey are bound in a fraternal relationship that has few parallels in inter-state relations. President Karzai said Afghanistan has a very important year ahead in which a complete transition to Afghan security forces and withdrawal of international forces are taking place‚ besides presidential elections to be held in April.
Karzai said Afghanistan is committed to the trilateral dialogue and expressed the confidence that the next Afghan President would be following the process.
He expressed the hope that as this process moves forward it would unfold a result for both Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul said all the three countries are jointly striving to maintain peace in the region. He said the summit was aimed at carrying the existing multi-dimensional collaboration between the three countries‚ which took its strength from their historic and deep-rooted amity‚ to the future in a stronger way.