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Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan vow cooperation for regional stability

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Jan 16, IRNA -- Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan Saturday signed a Joint ‘Islamabad Declaration’ envisaging road map for future interaction in different fields.

The document was signed by Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Rangeen Dadfar Spanta and Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Islamabad following trilateral meeting.

The Joint Declaration “Strongly believes that their trilateral cooperation is the key to the regional stability and reiterates their commitment to strengthen this cooperation”.

It acknowledged that terrorism poses a common challenge that could only be addressed through concerted efforts.

The declaration stressed that international engagement in Afghanistan must underscore the importance of Afghanistan ownership of its own plans and priorities.

It said that the three ministers agreed further “to enhance regional connectivity through establishment and development of energy and transport corridors and to encourage participation by respective private sector in regional development program and undertaking joint ventures”.

The declaration said the three countries will “Encourage exchange of views, sharing of best practices and project-based cooperation in the areas of energy, transport, industry, mining, agriculture, livestock and environment”.

The document vowed to “Support Afghan national process of promoting national reconciliation and reintegration in accordance with the constitution of Afghanistan and stressed that any imitative in this regard must be Afghan-led and Afghan-driven”.

They agreed that “regional stability and security can only be advanced through sincere and strict adherence to the principles of non-interference in the internal affairs of each other, as well as respect for each other sovereignty and territorial integrity”.

They affirmed that the three countries “bear an agreed and common responsibility for security and stability in the region”.

They reaffirmed commitment to play their due role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, and stress the importance of creating conditions within Afghanistan conducive to the safe, voluntary, gradual and dignified return and reintegration of Afghan refugees with the support of the international community.

They agreed to commence preparations for establishing trilateral economic, industrial and planning commissions, as well as launch of feasibility study on Joint Investment Fund to support trilateral projects.

They supported on-going regional processes aimed at developing a regional consensus for peace, security, stability and development, adding that their trilateral cooperation is the key to regional peace and stability and reiterate their commitment to strengthen this cooperation.

They stressed that these processes must be indigenous, and have the ownership of all immediate neighbours of Afghanistan.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 900940



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