KABUL - Turkish President Abdullah Gul, promising greater economic cooperation with the landlocked country, said on Tuesday he would send a team of experts to Afghanistan for extraction of mines.
At a meeting with President Hamid Karzai in Istanbul, Gul said Turkish companies wanted to invest in the area of extraction of mines in Afghanistan, a statement from the Presidential Palace in Kabul said.
A delegation of Turkish experts would meet officials at the Ministry of Mines during their visit to Afghanistan in the near future, a statement from Karzai's office said. Gul also promised that his country would help develop the capacity of medical students of the Kabul University.
During the meeting held prior to a tripartite summit, the two sides agreed on the improvement of ties between Afghanistan and Pakistan and a joint fight against militants, posing a grave security threat to both countries.
"We are faced with threats and problems, but still there are solutions ... if we honestly try to resolve the problems, we will succeed without doubt," the statement quoted President Karzai as saying.