NEW YORK: The Foreign Minister, Rangin Dadfa Spanta, has said that his Government has accepted the invitation of the Turkish Government to host another Afghan-Pak summit in Ankara, its Capital.
The first such summit meeting hosted by Turkey had resulted in Ankara declaration some one and half years ago. At a press conference in Washington, Spanta said: “President Karzai received an invitation from Ankara for second trilateral meeting among President Karzai, President (of Turkey) Gul, and the (Pak) President Asif Ali Zardari. We accepted this invitation.”
Spanta said a common date acceptable to all the three leaders is being looked into before an exact date of the summit could be announced. In the first meeting, General Pervez Musharraf represented Pakistan and was held at initiative of the Turkish President to defuse tension and war of wards between Karzai and Musharraf. “We will continue this trilateral institution as possibility to continue the discussion between the two countries,” Spanta said.
Responding to a question, Spanta assured that that the Afghan Government will extend its cooperation and exchange views with the new Government in Pakistan. “We have to give them (Pakistani Government) more time and a chance to be in charge on the security and military issues and ……. amongst and between us is very positive on the base of collaboration against common enemy and common enemy terrorism,” Spanta said.-SANA