| GEO World|
| Pak, Afghan leaders to meet next week|
| Updated at: 2352 PST, Friday, March 27, 2009|
ANKARA: The presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan will hold talks in Ankara next week in a third Turkish-sponsored meeting on the battle against extremists, the Anatolia news agency reported Friday, citing Foreign Minister Ali Babacan.
The meeting on Wednesday between Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan and Abdullah Gul of Turkey will focus on security issues, Babacan told reporters here.
The foreign ministers, army chiefs and heads of intelligence agencies from the three countries will also participate in the meeting, he added.
The first fence-mending talks sponsored by Turkey took place in Ankara in April 2007, followed by a second round in Istanbul in December last year. Both meetings ended with pledges to step up cooperation against extremists.