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Pakistan, Turkey reaffirm resolve to jointly combat terrorism

ANKARA: Pakistan and Turkey here on Saturday reiterated their resolve to jointly combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestation, Radio Pakistan reported.

The resolve came during the first round of Pakistan-Turkey counter terrorism consultations held in Ankara. The Pakistan delegation was led by Director General (Counter Terrorism) Ahmad Farooq while Director General for Research and Security Ambassador Aylin Tashan headed the Turkish side.

Both sides also reviewed the ongoing Pakistan-Turkey cooperation in the area of counter-terrorism and agreed to explore further avenues of cooperation between the two countries, including exchange of best practices in areas such as law enforcement, criminal justice and rule of law, countering financing of terrorism and prevention of radicalization.

The two sides reviewed the global and regional threats posed by international terrorism. They agreed on the enduring importance and need for a comprehensive approach to terrorism and extremism, based on the rule of law and addressing their root causes.

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Pakistan briefed the Turkish delegation on the improved security situation in the country as a result of the concerted actions by all segments of the society. The major successes achieved in the fight against terrorism through Zarb-e-Azb and Radd-ul-Fasad operations, as well as, the implementation of National Action Plan was highlighted.

Condemning the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka and New Zealand, both sides reaffirmed that terrorism cannot and be associated with any particular religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group.

It was agreed that the next round of Pakistan-Turkey Counter Terrorism Consultations would take place in Islamabad next year.

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