Turkey to host regional meeting on Afghanistan

Turkey will host a meeting of Afghanistan's neighbours later this month in preparation for an international conference in London.

Turkey to host regional meeting on Afghanistan

Turkey will host a meeting of Afghanistan's neighbours later this month in preparation for an international conference in London, Turkey said on Tuesday.

The regional meeting on Afghanistan will be held in Turkey on January 26, a day after a previously-announced meeting there of the presidents of Turkey, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told a news conference in London.

The two meetings will pave the way for an international conference in London on Jan. 28.

"There should be more Afghanisation in this process. There should be more regional ownership and there should be more international commitment," Davutoglu said after talks with British Foreign Secretary David Miliband.

He said the Jan. 25 three-party meeting aimed to encourage much broader cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

"The next day, the 26th, we will have a regional conference in Turkey to assure this regional ownership (of the Afghan situation)," he said.

He did not say which countries would attend that meeting or how high-ranking the participants would be.

The meetings were part of a consistent strategy on Afghanistan agreed between Turkey and Britain, he said.


Reuters

Last Mod: 13 Ocak 2010, 15:35
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