"We cannot expect that the United States and the European countries, as the major actors in the region, can solve the problem on their own. We need to take responsibility as well," Abdullah Gul told an informal meeting of "Afghanistan's neighbors" on the sidelines of a summit of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC) of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in Istanbul.
"We need to re-think our presence in Afghanistan and ask ourselves this question: 'Why are we there and what is our strategy?' We all want to see an Afghanistan that is peaceful and prosperous. And that is why we need to concentrate our powers. Afghanistan's success will be our success, too," Gul said.
The Turkish president said two major goals should be pursued in Afghanistan to make Afghan people believe in their future and take responsibility of their own country.
"Our first goal should be to win the hearts and minds to secure peace and stability. And our second goal should be conveying responsibility of security issues to the Afghans," Gul said.