Leaders of Iran, Afganistand and Pakistan to meet at trilateral summit

Iran Materials 16 February 2012 09:17 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb.16 / Trend , D.Khatinoglu/

Iranian president arrived in Islamabad on Thursday to participate at the third trilateral summit, where he will participate in a trilateral meeting with leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan, IRINN reported.

Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Akbar Salehi arrived in Islamabad on Thursday ahead of the visit by the Iranian President who is scheduled to represent Iran in the trilateral summit.

Salehi will meet Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar later Thursday and will discuss agenda for bilateral meetings between President Ahmadinejad and Pakistani leaders, diplomatic sources said.

Salehi will also meet with Chairman of the Pakistan Parliamentary Committee on National Security, which has recently presented recommendations for future relationship with the United States and NATO.

Afghan president Hamid Karzai arrived in Islamabad as well, for a summit with the leaders of Iran and the host country that was expected to focus on the security situation and peace talks in Afghanistan, DPA reported.

Karzai is seeking greater support from Pakistan on efforts to start peace talks with the Taliban to end 10 years of war in Afghanistan as the three leaders prepare for Friday's summit.

Iran has influence over the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance in Afghanistan and is seen as a help with the reconciliation process there.

The three-way format that would primarily focus on exploring cooperation in the fields of economics and trade, counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism, would provide an opportunity to the leaders to discuss connectivity issues, efforts for jointly fighting terrorism and organised crime, improving border management, controlling narcotics smuggling, in addition to reconciliation with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

"The trilateral summit will discuss cooperation on counterterrorism and transnational organized crime, including drug and human trafficking, and border management," an official with Pakistan's Foreign Affairs Ministry said.