Turkey’s Erdogan offers help to improve Afghanistan-Pakistan ties

Turkish President Receb Tayyip Erdogan has offered help to improve relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Erdogan offered help during a bilateral meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on the sidelines of first summit on science and technology by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Kazakhstan on Sunday.

The sides discussed relations and emphasized on boosting of cooperation between Kabul and Ankara, according to a statement issued by the Afghan presidency.

During the meeting, Erdogan said that his country has historical relations with Afghanistan. He welcomed new U.S. strategy on Afghanistan, pledging cooperation in different fields.

The Turkish president expressed readiness for improvement of relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan and added that his country supports Afghan-led peace process.

Expressing appreciation, President Ghani emphasized on “friendship and good relations” between the two countries.

He said that the U.S. strategy on Afghanistan is clear and comprehensive, adding its announcement created an opportunity in the region, which should be utilized well.

He said that Afghanistan wants good relations with its neighbours and that it is ready for comprehensive talks with Pakistan.

He stressed that the current situation must change and existing conditions in the region should be utilized for peace and stability.

The president called terrorism a major threat for the region and the world and stressed on joint and serious fight against the menace.

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