Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan discuss security in Istanbul

18:11, June 07, 2010      

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The foreign ministers of Turkey, Pakistan and Afghanistan held a close-door trilateral meeting here on Monday and discussed issues of security and anti-terrorism.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said at a press conference shortly after the meeting, "until our brothers in Afghanistan have welfare, stability and peace, these trilateral meetings will continue."

Without giving any detail information on anti-terrorism among the three neighboring countries, the Turkish minister reaffirmed Turkey's commitment to peace in the region, saying a trilateral workgroup was to be established comprised of foreign ministry undersecretaries.

He said that the government was going to work closely with Turkish businessmen to see if they can hold the Istanbul forum in Kabul.

"It is important for the private sectors to meet," said Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

Qureshi referred to the dramatic shift between Pakistan- Afghanistan relations in recent years and how both now see eye-to- eye on many issues.

"Both sides have very similar objectives. We will make every effort to ensure peace, stability and prosperity in the region," he said.

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