Khawaja Asif meets Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif

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According to the Foreign Office, the foreign minister during a day-long visit to Ankara, held talks with the Turkish president, Prime Minister Benali Yildirim and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on further strengthening of relations between Pakistan and Turkey and deepening mutual coordination on regional peace, security and connectivity.

He added that objective behind Tehran tour is to reach consensus with the neighboring countries of Afghanistan on matters concerned with recently announced Afghan policy of the United States.

On August 21, United States' President Donald Trump provided the road map to America's next South Asia strategy, mainly centered on America's Afghanistan Policy.

"The ever deteriorating situation in Afghanistan has adversely affected the entire region", Asif said.

The foreign minister of Pakistan Khwajah Asif has claimed that the U.S. forces have failed in Afghanistan as he arrived in Tehran on Monday to seek regional and global support in the aftermath of the USA strategy declaration by President Donald Trump last month. Creating border markets would help Iran and Pakistan, he added.

In the meeting, they also reviewed fighting against terrorism in the region and both countries.

They also expressed deep concern over the atrocities being committed against Rohingyas and agreed on the need for urgent humanitarian efforts to alleviate their suffering, it said. Advisor on National Security Nasser Khan Janjua and senior Turkish official also present on the occasion.

On Monday, Asif spent the day in Tehran meeting his counterpart as well as Iran President Hassan Rouhani.

Meanwhile, the foreign minister told Iran's state news agency IRNA that the USA military approach in Afghanistan has already failed to address the problems in the country.

"The military approach the USA has taken since 2001 to Afghanistan has been failing for the past 16 years".

The foreign minister visited China last Friday and managed to win crucial support from Beijing, which urged the world to recognise Pakistan's sacrifices in the fight against terrorism.

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