ANKARA, Turkey, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- A decision by Afghanistan and Pakistan to investigate the death of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani is a milestone, the Turkish president said.
Ankara played host to a regional diplomatic conference, welcoming Afghan and Pakistani delegates.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul said a joint decision to investigate the October assassination of Rabbani, who was the head of a reconciliation council, was "one of the most important results of the summit," Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.
The Haqqani network, which operates out of Pakistan, was believed to have played a role in the Rabbani assassination, though leaders of the group deny the allegation.
Kabul suspended diplomatic ties to Islamabad in the wake of the assassination, following the U.S. lead in linking Haqqani to Pakistani intelligence services.
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari said an investigation into the killing was something best left to regional partners.
"Well-meaning friends, well-intended friends from afar, may want to help us (and) they want to support but would not know our culture (and) they would not know our traditions," he was quoted as saying.
U.S.-Pakistani relations hit a low point following the May raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and the Haqqani allegations.
The Turkish president said the Rabbani investigation would be carried out jointly by Afghan and Pakistani foreign ministries and intelligence services.