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Peace in Afghanistan vital for stability in region: PM

ISTANBUL, Feb 14 (APP): Highlighting the importance of a result-oriented peace process in Afghanistan, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Friday said Pakistan believed that a peaceful Afghanistan was vital for stability in the region. “Pakistan believes that peace in Afghanistan is very important, if they have to come out of the difficulties, they are faced with. And of course, stability in Afghanistan means stability in the region as well as stability in Pakistan”, the Prime Minister told Turkish Television and Radio (TRT) here. To a question about discussion on the situation in Afghanistan during the trilateral summit held in Ankara on Thursday, he said Pakistan, Afghanistan and Turkey had a very constructive engagement and a full day was spent on this subject.
“There is unanimity, of course that we all have to strengthen the hands of Afghanistan to ensure stability there and that the process of elections in Afghanistan goes through smoothly and a smooth transition from one government to another takes place”, he added.
The Prime Minister said the peace process (in Afghanistan) has to deliver positive results and outcome, adding, on this issue there was no disagreement, as “this is something which is very essential.”
To a question regarding the drone attacks, the Prime Minister said, “We always stood very strongly against the drones because we believe that this is violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We have made it very clear to the American administration that this is not acceptable under any circumstances.”
About the bilateral relations between Pakistan and Turkey, he said Turkey has a very special place in the hearts of Pakistani people and it has always been his endeavor to forge a greater friendship with Turkey and this time around, he was doing it with utmost sincerity.
“At the same time we are also looking for more and more opportunities to get into joint partnership with Turkish business community so that they can invest in each other’s countries”, he added.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan needs investment in the energy sector, as it was facing acute shortage of energy including gas and electricity, adding, “we have invited the Turkish companies to come and invest in this sector of Pakistan.”

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