Pakistan, UK, Afghanistan vow to work together for regional stability

Thursday, September 27th, 2012 11:35:36 by

The second trilateral meeting featuring leaders from Pakistan, Afghanistan and United Kingdom reaffirmed their commitment to continue to work for the goals of regional peace, stability and development.

The three leaders met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, discussing for the elimination of the scourge of terrorism from the region and enhancing economic cooperation.

President Asif Zardari, Prime Minister David Cameron and President Hamid Karzai discussed reconciliation, security and regional security.

President Zardari highlighted the significance of durable peace and stability in Afghanistan, emphasizing the need for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process in the country.

He further said that Pakistan supports an intra-Afghan dialogue, adding that education and economic opportunities for the people of affected areas, and socio-economic development were effective tools to transform the environment.

President Asif Ali Zardari and President Karzai appreciated the constructive role being played by the UK in resolving major issues for the regional stability.

The Afghan president was of the opinion that Afghanistan remains hopeful for the critical role that their neighbor, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, has to play in its pursuit of peace.

He stated, “Over the recent years, we have engaged our friends in Pakistan in a close dialogue in support of the Afghan peace process. It is a dialogue that, we believe, is critical for Pakistan’s own security, and the security of the wider region and beyond.”

He noted, “We are deeply committed to our brotherly relations with Pakistan, but are aware of the challenges that may strain our efforts at building trust and confidence.”

Prime Minister Cameron reiterated the commitment of the United Kingdom to support Afghanistan and Pakistan in working out solutions for peace and stability in the region and in their quest for socio-economic development of their people.

Later, President Asif Ali Zardari held separate meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron and reviewed progress on the trilateral summit and discussed bilateral ties, situation in the region and Pak-UK strategic ties.

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