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Accord Signed with Pakistan, Turkey

ISLAMABAD, April 2 (Prensa Latina): A trilateral agreement to fight terrorism and Islamic violence was signed with Pakistan and Turkey.

In addition to military and intelligence cooperation, they will work together economically to foment development, peace and regional stability, says Pakistani APP news agency.

President Hamid Karzai along with Presidents Asif Ali Zardari (Pakistan)and Abdullah Gul (Turkey), signed the accord in a discreet trilateral Summit Wednesday in Ankara, with little press coverage.

The three heads of state, accompanied by their top military and intelligence chiefs, concentrated their talks on trilateral and regional affairs of common interest.

They especially studied potential security and stability in fighting terrorism, plus official coordination and collaboration among their political, military and intelligence bodies on a regional scale and at different levels, says APP.

Turkey accepted the proposal to host a regional summit of neighboring countries on assistance.

It was agreed with Pakistan to boost bilateral socio-economic, education, health and professional training projects.

APP says the Trilateral Summit's top importance is helping Turkey, a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, inform on the perception and needs of Pakistan and Afghanistan at the next NATO summit in France.