Turkey stands by Pakistan for peace in Afghanistan: Erdogan

Islamabad: Turkish President Recip Tayyep Erdogan and Foreign Minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif on Tuesday agreed  that peaceful Afghanistan  was important  for the stability of the entire region and  both the countries  would continue to work together for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Khawaja Asif, in meetings with Turkish President Recip Tayyep Erdogan, Prime Minister Benali Yildirim and Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu discussed relations between the two nations and mutual coordination on regional peace, security and connectivity, a Foreign Office  statement said.

According to the statement,  Khwaja Asif reaffirmed Pakistan’s strong desire for further strengthening the strategic partnership between the two countries through increased cooperation in political, economic, defence and people-to-people ties.

Turkish President Erdogan reiterated Turkey’s unflinching commitment to broaden and expand brotherly relations between the two countries and  agreed on maintaining regular high-level exchanges between the two countries to  continue working together for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Earlier Foreign Minister Asif and the Turkish prime minister in their meeting, both sides expressed  confedence in  recalling the important work done under the High Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC) under the leadership of the two prime ministers, they resolved to take measures to impart further impetus to this bilateral strategic forum.

Both  foreign ministers held bilateral talks covering all areas of mutual cooperation and coordination on peace and security in the region with particular focus on Afghanistan in the light of recent developments.

They agreed that there was no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and reiterated that Afghanistan’s neighbours and regional countries needed to work together for facilitating a politically-negotiated settlement under an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, the statement said.

The Foreign Minister thanked Turkey for its principled support to the just struggle of the Kashmiri people for their right to self-determination.The leaders also shared deep concern for the atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

Khawaja Asif  paid visits to China and Iran prior to his arrival in Turkey, with the focus on the need for a political solution to the Afghan problem.

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