Khar embarks on official visit to Turkey

Turkey has been playing a `behind-the-scenes` role in facilitating Pak-Afghan negotiations.

Updated: Aug 10, 2011, 23:14 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina
Rabbani Khar on Wednesday embarked on a three-day official visit to
Turkey aimed at boosting relations between the two countries.

Khar, who is visiting Ankara at the invitation of her
Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu, will call on President
Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The visit, part of her first trips abroad after she was
elevated to a full-fledged cabinet minister last month, is
"reflective of the close brotherly and cooperative relations
between the two countries", a statement from Pakistan`s
Foreign Office said.

Bilateral matters, issues of regional connectivity and
the regional and global situation will be discussed by Khar
and Davutoglu when they hold bilateral consultations, it said.

Turkey has been playing a `behind-the-scenes` role in
facilitating negotiations between the governments of Pakistan
and Afghanistan and the Taliban to find a political settlement
in war-torn Afghanistan.

PTI