Dushanbe: President Asif Ali Zardari has reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to continue fight against terrorism and extremism for the sake of regional and global peace. Speaking at a joint press conference along with presidents of Russian Federation, Tajikistan and Afghanistan after the conclusion of the third quadrilateral summit here on Friday, President Zardari said that Pakistan was fully supportive of the process of reconciliation initiated by Afghan President Hamid Karzai for restoration of peace in his country. He said that leaders of the four countries talked about economic cooperation, trade, opening of road and rail links and exchanged views on issues of peace and security in the region.
He said that Pakistan was playing a constructive role in the region and was part of the solution and not part of the problem.
The President said that the world was talking about the warm water and today the summit discussed about trade through warm water.
He said that this region had the potential to lead the world and South Asia, Central Asia and China would emerged economic powers.
He told the conference that terrorism, drug trafficking and organized crimes were posing security challenges and were a threat to the countries and it must be defeated through close cooperation, coordination and action.
President Zardari emphasized that the regional issues’ solution should be sought through regional approach. He said, “we are collective stakeholders in our common aspirations for peace, stability and development in the region.”
Referring to the menace of terrorism, he said Pakistan itself had paid a heavy price in its campaign against terrorism and extremism.
Speaking on the occasion, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said that the leaders discussed terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking and economic cooperation in various sectors. He said this platform would provide an opportunity to the four-member states to further strengthen bilateral regional relations.
Russian President Demitry Medvedev said that his country was ready to invest hundreds of millions of dollar in Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India (TAPI) gas pipeline project and stressed for ensurance of peaceful atmosphere for success of such projects.
He said that the regional issues should be resolved by the regional states and called for collective efforts to fight the menace of terrorism and drug trafficking in the region.
Tajik President Emomali Rehman said that deliberations of the third quadrilateral summit were highly productive as the leaders exchanged views on how to intensify economic cooperation and coordinate their efforts for promotion of regional peace and security.
He hoped that the decisions taken by the summit would go a long way in bringing the four countries together.
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