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Prime Minister Imran Khan and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Thursday held a telephonic conversation. The two leaders discussed issues of mutual interest including further strengthening of bilateral relations in all areas, reported Radio Pakistan.

According to the details, Pakistan and Turkey have agreed to continue the momentum of high-level exchanges to transform bilateral relations into strategic economic partnerships.

Issues related to regional peace amid the news of the U.S's withdrawal were also discussed between Khan and Erdogan. The Prime Minister stressed the importance of a negotiated political settlement of the conflict in Afghanistan ahead of the recently announced planned U.S. withdrawal.

He highlighted that Pakistan had fully supported and facilitated the U.S.-Taliban Peace Agreement and the subsequent initiation of Intra-Afghan Negotiations.

The Prime Minister stressed that the Intra-Afghan Negotiations provided a historic opportunity that must be seized by the Afghan leadership to achieve an inclusive, broad-based, and comprehensive political settlement.

Appreciating Turkey’s role, Imran Khan said that Pakistan will continue to extend all possible support to the efforts for a political solution for durable peace and stability in Afghanistan.

It is pertinent to mention that Turkey is hosting a conference on Afghanistan in Istanbul later this month. The conference will bring all the stakeholders to the negotiation table.