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Peace at home, peace in the world

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Speech by H.E. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, at the Sixth Ministerial Conference of the İstanbul Process, 4 December 2016, Amritsar/India

Your Excellencies,

Distinguished Participants,

First, I would like to thank both India and Afghanistan for co-hosting this important event.

It is a great pleasure to address the Sixth Ministerial Conference of the İstanbul Process.

It has been five years since we initiated the Process together with Afghanistan.

The idea was that the resolution of regional problems requires regional cooperation and solidarity. This cooperation is also needed, because most of the challenges we face are of transboundary nature. As such, no country can cope with these problems on its own.

Today, with this Sixth Ministerial Conference, we renew our commitment to the Process.

Dear Colleagues,

Since its inception, the İstanbul Process has made substantial progress.

I am pleased that the Process provided the ground to establish an interaction among the regional countries, the supporting countries and the organizations.

Confidence Building Measures have also been significant achievements.

We believe that there is still room to further improve the implementation of the CBMs.

Increasing the number of activities will surely help us achieve the desired results.

It is also important to actively participate in the events organized within the CBMs.

Turkey, as one of the co-lead countries of Counter Terrorism CBM, hosted the course on “the Defense Against Suicide Bombing” in Ankara in 2015.

In 2016, we organized the courses on “the Critical Infrastructure Protection from Terrorist Attacks” and “the Radicalization, Terrorism and Universities.”

In 2017, we plan to hold the course on “the Financial Aspects of Combating Terrorism.”

The preparations for this course are underway and its details will be announced soon.

Distinguished Colleagues,

Thanks to the assistance of the international community, Afghanistan is moving forward in terms of security and development.

Today, millions of Afghans have access to education, health and other social services.

However, there is still much to do.

The NATO Warsaw Summit and Brussels Conference were encouraging.

In these meetings, the international community showed its commitment to supporting Afghanistan.

Turkey is part of this effort and we will stand by Afghanistan as long as our help is needed.

We will also continue our bilateral assistance to Afghanistan in the fields of security and development.

Distinguished Colleagues,

I am convinced that with the active participation of the Heart of Asia and the supporting countries, as well as the regional and international organizations, Istanbul Process will continue to be a central platform in building a secure and prosperous Afghanistan.

Thank you.