Turkey to host meetings on Pakistan, Afghanistan in coming months

Turkey plans to host two international gatherings in the coming months aimed at boosting support for conflict-torn Pakistan and Afghanistan, foreign ministry spokesman Burak Ozugergin said June 11. The first meeting, planned for September, will bring together the Friends of Pakistan group, which aims to help Pakistan’s economic development as a means of stabilizing the restive country. The group includes Turkey, Britain, France, Germany, Japan, the United States, China, the United Arab Emirates, Canada, Australia and Italy plus the United Nations and the European Union. Ozugergin also said Turkey’s embassy in Islamabad had been designated as a contact point between Pakistan and NATO.”

Turkey has had traditionally close ties with both Afghanistan and Pakistan and has since 2007 hosted three meetings between their presidents in a bid to encourage the two countries to overcome their differences and cooperate against Islamist extremists.

Source: Hurriyet Daily

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