Ankara- Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan in an Afghan-owned process.
He was addressing a joint news conference along with the Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Afghan President Hamid Karzai after conclusion of the trilateral summit in Ankara today.
Nawaz said his government will continue sincere efforts to promote good neighborly relations with Afghanistan. The Prime Minister said "We are working to build a new chapter in Pak-Afghan relations."
He said Afghanistan is passing through a defining phase of its history and it is time for all Afghans to come forward and make concrete efforts for establishing peace in their country. He hoped that the Afghan people would overcome the challenge with resilience and perseverance.
He said Pakistan believes that an inclusive political settlement is the key to sustainable peace in Afghanistan and the region. Pakistan would continue to extend all possible ways within its capacity, he added.
He said challenges are best resolved through common endeavors at the regional and international levels.
President Hamid Karzai said the summit discussed how to bring peace in Afghanistan and promote cooperative environment between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
He said Afghanistan is passing through an important phase due to the withdrawal of a great majority of US and NATO forces from his country. He said presidential and provincial council elections are also taking place in the country in April this year.
President Abdullah Gul said Afghanistan‚ Pakistan and Turkey are tied in strong bonds of Islamic brotherhood. He congratulated Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for the smooth democratic transition in Pakistan.
Earlier, the summit discussed ways to promote political dialogue and security cooperation among the three countries.