Turkish, Afghan foreign ministers meet in Ankara

Turkish, Afghan foreign ministers meet in Ankara
# 06 January 2011 19:06 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday met with visiting Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Zalmay Rassoul in the Turkish capital of Ankara, and the two sides discussed a series of regional and international issues, APA reports quoting Xinhua News Agency.

During the meeting, Davutoglu said Rassoul’s visit would provide the two ministers the opportunity to discuss bilateral relations, the latest situation in Afghanistan and regional issues.

On the ties between Turkey and Afghanistan, Davutoglu said the Turkish-Afghan relations had deep roots in history, adding Turkey supports peace, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan.

Davutoglu also noted that Turkey attached great importance to the improvement of its ties with Afghanistan.

The minister said Turkey hoped Afghanistan would get over its current problems as soon as possible and the Afghan nation would regain its unique position in the international arena.

For his part, Rassoul said relations between the two countries in the past nine years have been built on such historical links, which have remained strong in the courses of time despite ups and downs of the history of the region.

Turkey has provided crucial support for the reconstruction of Afghanistan in the past nine years in such areas as education, health and construction, Rassoul said.

Rassoul arrived here on Wednesday to attend the third conference of Turkish ambassadors.