Zardari for Pak-Af-Iran front to ensure regional stability (Lead)

May 24th, 2009 - 7:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Tehran, May 24 (IANS) Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari Sunday called for joint efforts by Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran to ensure regional stability and to combat terrorism and militancy
“We have to get together to tackle these challenges. It is not just the matter of our survival, but for the betterment and safety of our future generations,” APP quoted Zardari as saying while addressing the first trilateral summit of the three countries here.

Zardari said the three countries were not only neighbours but share a common culture, history and traditions.

“We can tackle every challenge and achieve progress by getting together,” the president maintained.

He also proposed a trilateral mechanism and a dialogue on development to realize the full potential of trade and economic cooperation among the three countries.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad and Afghan President Hamid Karzai also addressed the summit, which deliberated on ways and means to effectively tackle the security challenges facing the region.

Iran and Afghanistan also accepted Zardari’s invitation to hold the next trilateral summit in Islamabad, the dates for which will be finalised through mutual consultation.

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