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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Friday said that the Istanbul Process was born out of the need for a regional reaction to regional problems.
Speaking at the Istanbul Process Ministers' Conference in Almaty, Ahmet Davutoglu underlined that a region where Afghanistan had been strongly integrated could deal with problems in a more secure way and more effectively.
"It has been 1.5 years since the Istanbul Conference took place to establish a regional cooperation platform with a focus on Afghanistan. We have made important progress since then despite the hesitations and doubts," Davutoglu noted.
"In June 2012, the ministers attending the Kabul conference had determined as goals to implement confidence building measures, develop regional dialogue and establish synergy between regional organizations and initiatives. All confidence building measures that were brought up on the Kabul agenda are now ready to be implemented," Davutoglu stated.
"The Istanbul Process is in no competition with any regional establishment, but complements their activities," Davutoglu said. "Regional problems necessitate regional reactions.”
"The difficulties Afghanistan faces are those facing the region. Fight against terrorism, extremism and illegal drug production necessitates joint action. The security, stability and welfare of our region depend on our coordinated efforts," Davutoglu said.
"A functioning economy is the corner stone for long-term stability. We must help the Afghan people reach prosperity," Davutoglu noted.
"It is important for Afghanistan to be able to stand on its own feet. Afghanistan needs to cooperate with neighbors and the international community to do so," Davutoglu emphasized.
The Istanbul Process
Turkey led the efforts for the "Istanbul Process" during the "Istanbul Conference for Afghanistan" hosted by Turkey on November 2, 2011. The second meeting of the Istanbul Process took place in Kabul on June 14, 2012.
The Istanbul Process aims to establish confidence building measures in regional infrastructure, education and investments as well as in the fight against illicit drugs, terror and natural disasters.
Meanwhile, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev received Ahmet Davutoglu at the Intercontinental Hotel in Almaty on Friday.
Nazarbayev and Davutoglu discussed bilateral relations.
"Heart of Asia" beats for Afghanistan
The third meeting of foreign ministers of the "Istanbul Process" aiming at security and stability in Afghanistan began on Friday.
14 regional countries, also referred to as "the Heart of Asia," several other countries outside the region and representatives of various international and regional organizations attend the meeting.
Afghanistan and Kazakhstan co-chair the Almaty conference.
Delivering the opening remarks of the conference, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev underlined that Kazakhstan cared about Afghanistan's problems and contributed to the solution of these problems by cooperating with international organizations.
"Afghanistan's economic development is crucial. We must make efforts so that the Afghan economy gets integrated into the regional economy," Nazarbayev also said.Last Mod: 26 Nisan 2013, 14:40