Pak, Iran, Afghan FMs meet today

Nov 30, -0001
ISLAMABAD: Pakistani, Afghan and Iranian Foreign ministers signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Islamabad on Saturday as they wrapped up their trilateral meeting on regional issues.

Addressing a joint news conference with his counterparts from Iran and Afghanistan, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said it was "important to consult amongst ourselves so that we are on the same page and we have closer positions on different issues that confront our neighbourhood."

Iranian Foreign Minister Manochehr Mottaki said that regional approach is the key solution to resolve Afghanistan's problems and security challenges.

"It doesn't mean that our move is against any other initiatives...about the situation in Afghanistan and in the region, but we do believe supporting of regional initiatives will be more realistic approach to the problem," he said.

The caretaker Afghan Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta said the group decided to "frequently try together to discuss our common issues to eliminate the threats for our region."

The foreign ministers stressed in a joint declaration the "historic, religious, spiritual, cultural and commercial bonds" among their countries and pledged for a "trilateral cooperation in achieving common objectives" while recognizing the "continued suffering of the region."

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) also stated "cooperation on discovering problems in the region and dealing with terrorism, extremism, weapon and drug smuggling."

The next trilateral summit will be held in Islamabad in the near future, it said. AGENCIES





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