Without Pakistan Afghanistan conflict can not be resolved: Erdogan

Frederick Owens
September 11, 2017

The two-day summit is also of significance considering that Muslims make up a quarter of the world's population, and their countries possess abundant natural resources, although many Islamic countries still suffer poverty and diseases.

Therefore, he said, it was inevitable for the Muslim states to include science and technology in their priorities, as without achieving excellence in these sectors, the common man's life could not be uplifted.

The minister pointed out that the gap between the developed countries and the Muslim countries on technology was increasing.

Speaking at a working session, President Hussain said the summit would allow the member countries to benefit from each other's expertise.

Referring to "OIC Science, Technology and Innovation Agenda 2026", Ozlu said: "We [Turkey] have already set goals for 2023 [which marks the centenary of the Republic of Turkey]".

Stating that the trip to Kazakhstan was the first foreign trip in the 12th Administration, he said: "I hope we take new steps in all fields to serve the peoples of the region and the world and reach the goal of security and stability as long-term goals".

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The Astana Summit marks a historic milestone as it will evolve a unified collective position at the highest level of decision-making in the OIC member states with a view to advancing the different fields of science, technology and innovation, while emphasizing the Muslim world's resolve to promote scientific and technical development.

The President added: "In my meeting with the President of Kazakhstan we discussed bilateral relations and multilateral cooperation".

Besides, they also spoke about regional issues including that of Afghanistan. He will also attend an informal meeting of OIC leaders on the situation of Rohingya Muslim Minority proposed by Turkey.

Meanwhile, President Mamnoon also met his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the first summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on science and technology here.

"President Mamnoon Hussain thanked the Government of Turkey for its consistent support for the Kashmir cause and reiterated Pakistan's support to Turkey on the Cyprus issue".

My meeting with the President of Venezuela was positive, he said, adding: "We discussed Latin American issues and U.S. threats on this country and the Latin America, as well as development of relations and cooperation in the field of energy and improving the oil market".

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