Turkey to host Pakistan Friends meeting next week

Turkish FM Davutoglu said US does not have a demand for more troops in Afghanistan.

Turkey to host Pakistan Friends meeting next week
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday Turkey made "great contributions to Afghanistan's stability."

Davutoglu hosted a reception in Ankara in honor of Ertugrul Apakan, Turkey's new permanent representative to the United Nations.

Replying to questions at the reception, Davutoglu said that Istanbul would host a high-level meeting of members of the Friends of Democratic Pakistan Group next week. The US special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, and foreign ministers from several countries including Sweden, Canada and United Arab Emirates would attend the meeting, he said.

"No US demand for more troops"

Asked whether dispatch of Turkish soldiers to Afghanistan would be discussed in his meeting with Holbrooke, Davutoglu said, "the United States does not have such a demand."

"Turkey is the one which made the most contribution to Afghanistan's stability," he said.

Davutoglu said the relations between Turkey and the United States were advancing well and there was a full consultation between the two countries.

Last Mod: 19 Ağustos 2009, 13:18
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