Pakistan praises Turkey's regional role
The president of Pakistan has said his country admires Turkey's progress in democratic consolidation and economic achievements.
"The maturity of Turkish democracy and its economic achievements are greatly admired in Pakistan,” said Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari in an exclusive interview with Today's Zaman ahead of his official four-day visit to Turkey.
“Turkey has emerged as a major power in the region. Being part of Asia and Europe, it serves as a bridge between East and West,” Zardari said.
He also praised Turkey's initiative in recent years and acknowledged the role Turkey played in international and regional forums. “We appreciate Turkey's positive role and initiatives for resolving regional issues. Turkey's stance in forums like the United Nations, the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), G-20, the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) is indeed worth appreciation.”
Stressing that his country had been left to deal with problems emanating from the Cold War era, the Pakistani president said they had paid a hefty price in the form of drug trafficking and weapons culture. He made it clear during the interview that Pakistan's cooperation and gathering of intelligence had foiled several global terrorism plots. “The forces of extremism and terrorism pose a threat to our own security. We remain determined and resolute to defeat them,” he emphasized.
Calling terrorism “a curse” with “no faith or creed”, Zardari underscored that terrorism was a global problem and, as such, required a global response. “It is a toxic brew that thrives on a perceived sense of injustice, economic deprivation and marginalization. Today, many countries around the world are facing this menace,” he explained. The Pakistani president dismissed claims that his country had no clear strategy to deal with terrorism.
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