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Pakistan‚ Turkey and Afghanistan have agreed to continue joint efforts to promote peace and stability in the region.



The agreement came at a trilateral summit in Ankara on Thursday [13 February]‚ attended by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif‚ Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.



In a joint statement after the summit‚ the three leaders said that they held fruitful and comprehensive talks on regional and international security issues at a time when the Heart of Asia is going through a decisive period for the future.



The three leaders pledged to continue close consultations to support the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan.



Earlier‚ addressing a joint news conference in Ankara the three leaders expressed satisfaction over the outcome of the Summit.



Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif reiterated Pakistan’s strong and sincere commitment for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.



He said Afghanistan today is at a defining moment in its history and all the Afghans should come together to make peace and rebuild their country.



The Prime Minister said Pakistan would continue to facilitate the peace process for a peaceful Afghanistan.



He said together we are working to build a new chapter in Pakistan-Afghanistan relations.



Nawaz Sharif appreciated Turkey’s support for building sustainable peace in the heart of Asia.



He said Pakistan and Turkey are bound in a fraternal relationship that has few parallels in inter-state relations.



President Karzai said Afghanistan has a very important year ahead in which a complete transition to Afghan security forces and withdrawal of international forces are taking place‚ besides presidential elections to be held in April.



Karzai said Afghanistan is committed to the trilateral dialogue and expressed the confidence that the next Afghan President would be following the process.



He expressed the hope that as this process moves forward it would unfold a result for both Pakistan and Afghanistan.



Turkish President Abdullah Gul said all the three countries are jointly striving to maintain peace in the region.



He said the summit was aimed at carrying the existing multi-dimensional collaboration between the three countries‚ which took its strength from their historic and deep-rooted amity‚ to the future in a stronger way.



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Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has assured Turkish business community full support and maximum facilitation for investment in Pakistan.    



He was talking to heads of leading Turkish business groups in Istanbul today [Friday].    



The prime minister briefed the Turkish businessmen on economy and investment-friendly environment in Pakistan.      



He said the government plans to raise the GDP growth rate to over six per cent‚ and bring more foreign investment in the energy‚ infrastructure‚ low cost housing‚ municipal services‚ agro-based industry‚ information technology and textiles.    



The Koc group showed keen interest to invest in electrical appliances manufacturing‚ dairy development‚ and bus manufacturing.    



In his meeting with Limak group‚ Nawaz Sharif said Turkish companies will be given all possible help for setting up power plants.



NOROL group expressed interest for investment in Dasu Hydropower Project‚ Lahore-Karachi Motorway and coal-based and hydropower projects in Pakistan.



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Ciner Group of Turkey has agreed to establish a 660 MW power plant at Gaddani and offered to start work immediately.    



The offer was made by CEO Ciner Group during a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Istanbul.    



The Prime Minister welcomed Ciner Group's investment in Pakistan and assured full facilitation.    



Ciner Group also showed keen interest in investment in coal and copper mining in Pakistan.



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Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said peace in Afghanistan is vital for stability in Pakistan and the region.



In an interview with Turkish Radio and Television in Istanbul‚ he hoped that peace process in Afghanistan would deliver positive results.



The Prime Minister said there was unanimity of views at the trilateral summit in Ankara that they all had to strengthen hands of the Afghan government.



He said the summit also agreed to ensure success of upcoming elections and a smooth transition from one government to another in Afghanistan.



About drone attacks Nawaz Sharif said we have made it clear to the Obama administration that these are not acceptable under any circumstances as this is violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity.



To a question‚ he said Turkey has a very special place in the hearts of the people of Pakistan and it has been his endeavour to forge a greater friendship with Ankara.



Pakistan is looking for more and more opportunities to get into joint partnership with Turkish business community. He said Pakistan has invited Turkish companies to invest in Pakistan's energy sector.


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