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Peace in Afghanistan vital for stability in region: PM


Saturday, 15 February 2014   09:58:00

Peace in Afghanistan vital for stability in region: PM

      ISTANBUL, Feb 14 (APP): Highlighting the importance of a
result-oriented peace process in Afghanistan, Prime Minister
Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Friday said Pakistan believed that a
peaceful Afghanistan was vital for stability in the region.
      "Pakistan believes that peace in Afghanistan is very
important, if they have to come out of the difficulties, they
are faced with. And of course, stability in Afghanistan means
stability in the region as well as stability in Pakistan", the
Prime Minister told Turkish Television and Radio (TRT) here.
      To a question about discussion on the situation in
Afghanistan during the trilateral summit held in Ankara on
Thursday, he said Pakistan, Afghanistan and Turkey had a very
constructive engagement and a full day was spent on this
subject.
      "There is unanimity, of course that we all have to
strengthen the hands of Afghanistan to ensure stability there
and that the process of elections in Afghanistan goes through
smoothly and a smooth transition from one government to another
takes place", he added.
      The Prime Minister said the peace process (in Afghanistan)
has to deliver positive results and outcome, adding, on this issue
there was no disagreement, as "this is something which is very
essential."
      To a question regarding the drone attacks, the Prime Minister
said, "We always stood very strongly against the drones because we
believe that this is violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and
territorial integrity. We have made it very clear to the American
administration that this is not acceptable under any circumstances."
      About the bilateral relations between Pakistan and Turkey,
he said Turkey has a very special place in the hearts of Pakistani
people and it has always been his endeavor to forge a greater
friendship with Turkey and this time around, he was doing it with
utmost sincerity.
      "At the same time we are also looking for more and more
opportunities to get into joint partnership with Turkish business
community so that they can invest in each other's countries", he
added.
      The Prime Minister said Pakistan needs investment in the
energy sector, as it was facing acute shortage of energy including
gas and electricity, adding, "we have invited the Turkish companies
to come and invest in this sector of Pakistan."