Joint Declaration Adopted At The Concl.Of The Meeting Between The President Of Afghanistan,Prime Minister Of Pakistan And Turkey

Joint Declaration Adopted At The Conclusion Of The Trilateral Meeting Held Among The President Of Afghanistan, Prime Minister Of Pakistan And The Prime Minister Of Turkey

His Excellency Hamid Karzai, the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and His Excellency Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan came together for a trilateral meeting with His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey on 30 October 2008 in İstanbul on the occasion of the World Economic Forum on Europe and Central Asia 2008.

President Karzai and Prime Minister Gilani, during their comprehensive, cordial and useful meeting on regional and international issues with Prime Minister Erdoğan, with reference to the Ankara Declaration of the Turkey-Afghanistan-Pakistan Trilateral Summit Meeting held on 29-30 April 2007 and the decisions of the Joint Working Group which convened in Ankara on 6 July 2007, reiterated their pledge to cooperate towards promoting peace, security, stability and economic development in the region.

During the meeting, the President of Afghanistan and the Prime Minister of Pakistan expressed satisfaction on contacts and cooperation between the two brotherly countries and agreed to continue with their dialogue and to further enhance cooperation in all fields with a view to achieving stability and promoting prosperity of their peoples.

The three leaders welcomed the initiation of the process of Jirgaigai and expressed the hope that it would contribute to restoring peace and reconciliation.

The three leaders welcomed the establishment of the “İstanbul Forum” in October 2007, on the invitation of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey to foster cooperation between the chambers of commerce and industry of Afghanistan and Pakistan with a view to contributing to the economic dimension of the Trilateral cooperation. In this context they agreed to identify and initiate joint projects, wherever feasible to promote development and connectivity at the regional plane.

The three leaders, during the meeting, underlined their commitment to the continuation of the Trilateral Summit process, and expressed their perspectives on cooperation in political, security, counter-terrorism, economy, education, health, agriculture, energy and cultural fields. Prime Minister Erdoğan also communicated Turkey’s sincere desire that the Trilateral Summit process would yield a result which directly contributes to the prosperity of the Afghan and Pakistani people with a vision of common development.

The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan commended the initiative of Turkey and decided to organize the Second Trilateral Summit at the earliest convenience of the three Presidents.

İstanbul, 30 October 2008