The leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan will meet in Turkey this month for talks aimed at bringing the troubled neighbours closer, Turkish officials said Friday. Turkish President Abdullah Gul will host the meeting between his counterparts, Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan and Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan, scheduled for December 24 in Istanbul, foreign ministry spokesman Selcuk Unal said. It will be the fifth such meeting since 2007 when Turkey, Natos sole Muslim-majority member, launched the initiative to push Afghanistan and Pakistan to enhance cooperation against insurgents and improve ties poisoned by the insecurity plaguing their rugged border.