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Afghanistan And Turkey Agree To Take Bilateral Relations To Strategic Level

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Kabul (BNA) In the sideline of the NATO Summit, President Hamid Karzai met with Turkish President, Abdullah Gul in the city of Chicago on Saturday.
Issues discussed between the two leaders included further expansion of the bilateral relations, the peace process and Turkey’s role as well as the outlook of a future cooperation between Afghanistan and Turkey.
The two leaders agreed to take up the existing bilateral relations to a strategic level.
President of Turkey said, “Afghanistan is our friend and a brother whom we wish to support at all times.” President Gul added he hoped the trilateral meeting between Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey can continue for the good of all.
President Gul said his country stands ready to help in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, training of the Afghan security forces and to support the Afghanistan Peace process.
President Karzai described Turkey a historic friend of the people of Afghanistan, who he said always look to Turkish people as brothers and who seek with Turkey an enhanced strategic relationship. President Karzai said I hope that with such a strategic cooperation agreement with Turkey, the relations between the two countries can have an established framework to cooperate.

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