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.
During the summit, Sharif would have extensive interaction with Turkey's President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan as well as Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai. The senior members of the Prime Minister's delegation would have meetings with their respective counterparts in trilateral formats.
Separately, the prime minister will meet the president of Turkey to review wide spectrum of bilateral relations with focus on economic cooperation. In Istanbul, he will be having meetings with the Chairman/CEO of major Turkish companies.
The Ankara summit would carry forward the process of constructive engagement and leadership exchanges on the evolving situation as well as matters of common interest, the foreign ministry said.
"Pakistan has extended consistent support for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. It remains committed to working with Afghanistan as well as the international community for sustainable peace, stability and development in Afghanistan," it said.
简明翻译：据巴基斯坦官方发布消息称，总理纳瓦兹·谢里夫离开安卡拉周三将开始对土耳其为期三天的国事访问，并参加土耳其 - 阿富汗 - 巴基斯坦三边峰会。另外，总理将会见土耳其总统，重点是经济合作的双边关系。