Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey

Hisarcıklıoğlu attended the Turkey-Afghanistan-Pakistan Tri-partite Summit

13.02.2014 / Ankara

TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu attended Turkey-Afghanistan-Pakistan Tri-partite Summit’s 8th Meeting held at the Çankaya Palace hosted by President of the Republic, Abdullah Gül.​

Hisarcıklıoğlu provided information regarding the jointly created form by TOBB and the chambers unions of Afghanistan and Pakistan during the meeting which was also attended by Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistan Prime Minister Muhammed Navaz Şerif.


- President Gül


Speaking at the plenary session of the summit, President Abdullah Gül stated that reciprocal trust, dialogue and joint interest has been established between the countries and institutions taking part in the Turkey-Afghanistan-Pakistan Tri-partite Summit, “This could be considered the greatest gain of the summit.


Our partnership takes its power from the bonds of friendship and solidarity between our people.


From the very beginning, we planned to increase the momentum of our cooperation and to increase the joint work culture between our institutions. To this end, we have included the economy, intelligence and security institutions into this process as well.”


- Joint press meeting of Gül, Karzai and Şerif


Turkish President Abdullah Gül, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistan PM Muhammed Navaz Şerif held a joint press meeting following the summit.


Gül stated that the summit meetings began in 2007 in order to engender better cooperation between the institutions of the three countries, “Especially in regards to maintaining peace in Asia, speeding up the peace process in Afghanistan as well as spreading the cooperation to all institutions of Afghanistan and Pakistan.”


Gül emphasized that they’ve discussed the issues quite clearly with Karzai and Şerif during a meeting of presidents and prime ministers attended by PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.


Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai stated that they have been greeted very warmly and in a brotherly manner in Turkey and that they’ve found opportunity to exchange ideas on many issues such as security, defense, peace settlements and transportation, “2014 is a very important year from Afghanistan, it will be a transitional year; it will be significant especially in regards to security.” Stating that Afghani forces have begun taking on security responsibilities from NATO forces Karzai pointed out that there will be presidential and local elections as well .


Pakistan PM Muhammed Navaz Şerif expressed his joy in visiting Turkey which he views as his second home and went on to thank the Turkish government and people for their support. Stating that he is very pleased to have met with President Karzai during the Summit, Şerif said, “Pakistan admires the steps taken by Turkey to instate peace in the heart of Asia.”


Speaking in regards to Pakistan’s support for the peace and negotiation process in Afghanistan, Şerif said, “Afghanistan is undergoing a historic period. All Afghans must unite, ensure peace and rebuild their country. We believe that the Afghan people will overcome these difficulties with their acumen. My government is also determined to maintain good neighborly relations in our bilateral relations with Afghanistan.”

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