Pakistan, Afghanistan presidents to meet in Turkey
(Cihan) - The presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan are scheduled to meet in Turkish capital Ankara in the presence of Turkish leaders on April 29 to discuss the continuous tension between the two countries.
Ankara has offered to host the meeting between Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai, Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam told a weekly briefing on Monday.
Quoting unofficial sources, Pakistani daily Dawn reported on Monday that the two leaders were set to hold talks in Turkish capital to cool tension between the two countries on fighting Taliban.
When asked about the report, Aslam said that arrangements were in hand for a possible trilateral meeting in response to an initiative by the Turkish government, however, she refused to give an exact date for the meeting.
An aide to Afghan President Karzai said he would meet his Pakistani counterpart along with Turkish officials at the end of April.
Musharraf and Karzai are expected to discuss the issues they disagree on and hold a joint press conference following their meeting.
Pakistan and Afghanistan have been at loggerheads for a long time over accusations that the former is failing to stop Taliban militants based in its tribal areas from launching attacks across the border.