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PM Nawaz leaves for Turkey to attend trilateral summit

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif will be leaving for Turkey for a three day tour to participate in the Pakistan-Afghanistan-Turkey trilateral summit on Wednesday, ARY News reports.

He will attend a trilateral summit along with the Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Discussions will be held on the Afghan presidential elections and the withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan. The three leaders will review the economic relations between the countries.

A high level delegation of officials will accompany Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the occasion. Senior officials of the Nawaz Sharif’s delegation will also hold separate meetings with their Turkish and Afghan counterparts in a three way format.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is also expected to meet the President of Turkey Abdullah Gul during his three day visit to the country. He is also expected to meet the Chairman and Chief Executives of key Turkish companies to attract foreign investment in Pakistan.

It should be noted that Pakistan extended its support to the Afghan administration for promoting the peace and reconciliation process in the war torn country and strives to work for peace and stability in the region.

The summit would boost the process of constructive engagement and the governance between the three countries and common benefits of the states.

The summit is being held in the background of key governance and security transformations in Afghanistan. The Presidential and Council Elections in Afghanistan are due to be held on 5th April whereas NATO is expected to pull out its forces from the country by the end of this year.

The Pakistan-Afghanistan-Turkey summit will be the eighth since its inception in 2007. The last summit was held in Ankara in the December of 2012. The subject matter of the eight summit is “Sustainable Peace in the Heart of Asia”.

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