President Asif Ali Zardari. - AP (File Photo)

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari will hold talks with Afghan and Turkish leaders on the eve of a long-awaited conference on Afghanistan in Istanbul, the foreign office said on Thursday.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Turkish President Abullah Gul will also attend the meeting on Saturday, spokeswoman Tehmina Janjua told reporters.

The agenda will include peace, stability and reconciliation in Afghanistan and economic cooperation for Afghanistan, she said.

“Pakistan strongly supports these areas” and will continue to “contribute constructively to all endeavours and initiatives in this regard,” she said.

Turkey hosts a regional conference on Afghanistan on November, 2 in Istanbul, which Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar will attend.

The Istanbul conference is intended to chart Afghanistan's future with the US-led Nato mission already locked into troop drawdowns that are scheduled to bring all foreign combat troops home by 2014.

“Pakistan supports efforts for a secure, peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan contributing to stability, security and prosperity in the region,”Janjua told a weekly press briefing.

“It is important that unity of purpose and the region's support for Afghanistan must be ensured through consensus decision making.”

Visiting Islamabad last week, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Pakistan to take action within “days and weeks” on dismantling Afghan militant havens and encouraging the Taliban into peace talks.

Pakistan has called for comprehensive reconciliation in Afghanistan and security officials say that contacts with Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani faction could help facilitate future peace talks with Kabul and Washington.

Opinion

Editorial

Security lapses
Updated 13 Apr, 2024

Security lapses

Ensuring the safety of foreign citizens is paramount, not just for diplomatic relations but for our economic future.
An eventful season
13 Apr, 2024

An eventful season

THE Senate chairman and deputy chairman were elected unopposed, and 41 new senators were sworn in on Tuesday,...
Living rough
13 Apr, 2024

Living rough

WE either don’t see them or don’t want to see them — not even when they are actively trying to get our...
Saudi investment
Updated 10 Apr, 2024

Saudi investment

The state has to address barriers that stand in the way of attracting foreign investment, and create a pro-business environment.
Charity for change
Updated 11 Apr, 2024

Charity for change

PAKISTANIS are large-hearted people who empty their pockets at the slightest hint of another’s need. The Stanford...