Turkey agrees to train Afghan troops, police

The Turkish prime minister met Afghan and Pakistani presidents in Istanbul on Sunday.

Turkey agrees to train Afghan troops, police

The Turkish prime minister met Afghan and Pakistani presidents in Istanbul on Sunday.

Turkey's Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan had separate meetings with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari at Istanbul's Ciragan Palace.

During their meeting, Karzai and Erdogan decided on training of Afghan troops and police in Turkey and on a closer cooperation.

Turkish and Afghan education ministers and an adviser to the Pakistani prime minister had a meeting in Istanbul on the sidelines of a Turkey-Afghanistan-Pakistan summit to take place in the same city on Monday.

The three executives released a joint declaration at the end of their meeting which envisaged Erdogan's opening 68 schools built in Afghanistan by the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA).

In the joint declaration, the three executives supported translation of each other's books in their languages, and education of girls and women.

The executives also agreed to prepare faculty development programs, create vocational training opportunities, boost cooperation among schools, broaden student and expert exchange programs, and increase scholarships.

Meanwhile, Turkey's president hosted a banquet in honor of his Pakistani and Afghan counterparts in Istanbul.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul hosted dinner at Istanbul's Sait Halim Pasa Mansion in honor of Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari and Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai who have arrived in Turkey to attend the tripartite summit of Turkey-Afghanistan-Pakistan that will begin on Monday.

Erdogan also attended the dinner as well.

President Gul also met with Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus President Mehmet Ali Talat in Istanbul.


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