Published On: Wed, Sep 13th, 2017

Foreign minister discusses regional situation with Turkish leadership

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ANKARA: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif called on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and PM Binali Yildirim in Ankara on Tuesday, where he discussed regional situation and bilateral relations with them.

The minister, who arrived in Ankara for a day’s visit, was accompanied by National Security Adviser Lt Gen (retd) Nasser Janjua.

According to a spokesperson for Pakistan Foreign Office, the two sides exchanged views on further strengthening bilateral ties between Pakistan and Turkey. Affairs relating to regional peace and security, and bolstering coordination also came under discussion at the meetings.

“Pakistan seeks strengthening of strategic, political, economic and defence relations with Turkey,” the foreign minister said in meeting with President Erdogan.

The Turkish president responded saying that Turkey also seeks to promote its relations with Pakistan.

The two countries agreed on high-level exchange of delegations, the FO spokesman said.

Both the countries observed that durable peace in Afghanistan was inevitable for regional security, and agreed to continue their efforts for this purpose.

In his meeting with Asif, the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that a military solution to Afghan issue was not possible.

The two countries expressed grave concerns on ongoing atrocities and violations of human rights in Myanmar and Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK).

They called on the world fraternity to take measures to stop Myanmar atrocities on Rohingya Muslim minority.

Moreover, Asif thanked the Turkish leadership for taking a principle stance on IoK.

On Monday, the minister spent his day in Tehran meeting his counterpart as well as Iran President Hassan Rouhani.

The two countries concluded that regional nations need to play their role to resolve the Afghan conflict.

Pakistan decided to approach regional countries after US President Donald Trump announced his controversial new policy for South Asia, which included ‘anti-Pakistan’ remarks.

Since then, Pakistan has gone into a diplomatic offensive, engaging regional countries that share its point of view with regards to Afghanistan. lomatic offensive, engaging regional countries that share its point of view with regards to Afghanistan. –Agencies

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