Pakistan, Turkey resolute to jointly defeat terrorism

19:31, March 31, 2010      

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Pakistan and Turkey condemned terrorism Wednesday and the two countries showed resolution to defeat extremism and terrorism, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari said.

Addressing a joint press briefing after meeting with his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul, Zardari said both sides have identical views on Afghanistan and terrorism.

The Pakistani president said that the two countries are supporting sustainable development in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He said that the government of Pakistan is resolute to defeat terrorism and extremism in Pakistan, and the public support the government's steps against militancy in the country.

He mentioned successes of Pakistani forces in northwest Pakistan's Malakand and tribal areas. He also welcomed Turkey's support for rehabilitation in the militancy ridden areas of Swat and Malakand.

Zardari said that Pakistan values the strategic relations with Turkey. He said that three Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) have been signed with Turkey.

Abdullah Gul said he is glad to visit the friendly and brotherly country of Pakistan, admitting Pakistan is an important country in the region and turkey wishes for complete peace in the country.

He said that Turkey would help with Pakistan in the field of energy, agriculture, and industry. He said that bullet train service between the two countries would be started.

Earlier, the Turkish president was given a formal welcome at an impressive ceremony held at the Presidency of Aiwan-e-Sadr on Wednesday. Gul was received by Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on his arrival. President Zardari, Prime Minister Gilani and President Gul stood in honour at the dais as the national anthems of Turkey and Pakistan were played.

The Turkish president arrived in Islamabad on Tuesday for a four-day official visit and will hold bilateral talks with the country's leadership during his stay.

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