Pakistani PM to arrive in Ankara for trilateral summit

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif left for Ankara on Wednesday on a three-day visit to Turkey to attend Turkey-Afghanistan-Pakistan Trilateral Summit, officials said.

The trilateral process, an important platform for high-level dialogue, security cooperation, and economic development partnership, was launched in 2007.

The summit is taking place in the backdrop of important political and security transitions in Afghanistan, including Presidential and Provincial Council elections on April 5 and the draw down of NATO/ISAF forces by Dec. 31, 2014, a Foreign Ministry statement has said.

The theme of the 8th Trilateral Summit is “Sustainable Peace in the Heart of Asia.” The last summit was held in December 2012 in Ankara.

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