Turkey, Japan agree on Afghanistan, Iran

Davutoglu said Turkey and Japan agreed to launch joint efforts to help Afghanistan establish national accord.

Turkey, Japan agree on Afghanistan, Iran

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his Japanese counterpart Katsuya Okada held a joint press conference after their meeting Monday in the Turkish capital, Ankara.

Speaking at the press conference, Davutoglu said Turkey and Japan agreed to launch joint efforts to help Afghanistan establish national accord, adding that Turkey supported Japanese government's Afghanistan strategy which he said would contribute to efforts to maintain stability in the war-torn country.

"We think that we could work together in training the Afghan police force and we can hold joint economic development projects," Davutoglu said.

Davutoglu said there were close relations between Turkey and Japan, citing Turkish president's visit to Tokyo last year and "we also want to welcome Japanese Emperor Akihito in Turkey."

The Turkish foreign minister said Turkey wanted to increase the frequency of political consultations with Japan, adding that they had agreed to set up joint working groups
between ministries of the two countries.

"Turkey and Japan are two countries which are symbols of stability, prosperity and security on the eastern and the western side of the Asian continent. Today, we discussed issues such as Iran's nuclear program, Afghanistan, the Middle Eastern peace process," Davutoglu said.

The Japanese foreign minister said on his part that Turkey made great contributions to peace and stability with its strategic position on the junction of Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

"We want to cooperate with Turkey and we have discussed issues such as Iran, the Middle East Afghanistan, East Asia and North Korea as well as the proliferation of nuclear weapons," Okada said.

Okada said Japan and Turkey agreed in the view that Iran should not possess nuclear weapons, expressing hope that the issue be settled through diplomacy.


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