Ambassador Haidari and Turkish Counterpart Discuss Afghanistan-Turkey-Pakistan Trilateral Meeting
Colombo: - Ambassador M. Ashraf Haidari met his Turkish counterpart Ambassador Demet Şekercioğlu on April 23, 2021, as part of his regular consultations and collaboration with diplomats in Colombo. They discussed the importance of the Turkey-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministerial Meeting, following ongoing peace efforts to facilitate the resumption of results-driven talks consistent with the progress made in Doha and the commitments made by the Taliban under the Doha Agreement with the US, which yet have to materialize.
Ambassador Haidari recalled the Heart of Asia - Istanbul Process as one of the key mechanisms of regional security and economic cooperation by helping stabilize Afghanistan on a sustainable basis. He appreciated this early Turkish initiative, which held its 9th Foreign Ministerial Meeting in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, last March. Among other things, the 16 Heart of Asia countries called for an end to all acts of terrorism in Afghanistan:
"We condemn the continuing high level of violence in Afghanistan, especially the high number of civilian causalities and deliberate targeting of civil service employees, civil society activists, human rights defenders, journalists and media workers by the Taliban and terrorist groups."
Ambassadors Haidari and Şekercioğlu hoped that the trilateral meeting in Turkey would help address shared concerns and pave the way for meaningful peace talks soon.
Read the full text of the Heart of Asia - Istanbul Process declaration: https://t.co/hykfN4b2OR