President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday conferred with the Prime Ministers of Netherlands, Australia and Turkey on the sidelines of the 64th session of the U.N. General Assembly. In separate meetings, the Pakistani leader discussed with them bilateral issues, regional and global situation and fight against militancy, Spokesman to the President and former Senator Farhatullah Babar told reporters. He said the common refrain in all these meetings was Pakistans stress on early implementation of the pledges made in the Tokyo meeting of the Friends of Democratic Pakistan (FODP) and the need for a strategic backing by the world community to Pakistan in its fight against the militants. Separately President Zardari stressed upon them that the initial successes against militants in Swat and Malakand had created a window of opportunity to banish militancy for ever and called upon them to play their role in assisting Pakistan to carry the fight to the finish, Babar said. The President said that market access, strengthening the civilian law enforcing agencies, economic rehabilitation of the affected people and reformation of the education system to fight the militants mindset held the key to the success of the strategy against extremists. The meetings were also attended by foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Pakistans UN Ambassador Abdullah Haroon and Secretary General Salman Farooqui. The meeting with the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip was also attended by the ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan. In talks with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Dr. Jan Peter Balkenende at UN Headquarters in New York, the President discussed matters relating to the Friends of Democratic Pakistan summit on Thursday and the next Pak-EU summit to be held next year in Madrid to further advance the strategic relationship between Pakistan and the European Union. The first Pak-EU summit was held in June this year during which it was proposed to hold such summits on a regular basis. President Zardari said that Pakistan looked forward to the support of the Netherlands for securing enhanced market access to the countries of the EU. He also urged him for support in initiating the process towards of a free trade agreement between Pakistan and the EU. President Zardari said that Pakistan was keen to seek Netherlands expertise and cooperation in diverse areas particularly in water management and energy. He also called for expanding the role of Dutch multinationals in Pakistan. In talks with the Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, the President appreciated the Australian cooperation in the fields of education, agriculture and vocational training and called for enhancing this cooperation. He said that huge investments were needed in the field of education to defeat the militant and extremist mindset in the long run. The President also called for early renewal of the Agricultural Sector linkages program (ASLP) due to expire this year. Farhatullah Babar said that the President invited the Australian private sector to explore further avenues for collaborating in agriculture, mining, dairy and livestock, energy and food processing. The President thanked the Australian Prime Minister for assistance to the dislocated people in Swat and for doubling assistance to Pakistan over two years to 120 million dollars. The Australian Prime Minister appreciated Pakistans commitment to eliminate militancy and pledged support of Australia in its endeavour. In meeting with the Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, the President highlighted the achievements of the government in the fight against militancy and the strategy devised for rehabilitation and reconstruction of the devastated areas and for tackling militancy on a long term basis. Prime Minister Erdogan extended all out support to Pakistan in overcoming the challenges confronted by it as a result of the war against extremism. The President said that for Pakistan, defeat was not an option. The Turkish Prime Minister said that Turkey was very pleased to see the positive outcome of the existing drive against militancy and expressed the hope that the drive will be sustained and durable. Turkey, he said, attached great importance to the FODP summit on Thursday and expressed the hope that the international community will support Pakistan in its endeavours against extremism. The President also raised the proposal of starting a high speed cargo train between Pakistan and Turkey to help boost trade and industry in the region. The Turkish Prime Minister said that he was interested in the proposal and had already asked experts to study the proposal and submit a report. Later in the evening, the President also attended reception hosted by President Barrack Obama for the heads of state/government attending the UN General Assembly session. President Zardari will co-chair the first summit of the Friends of Democratic Pakistan at which he will outline the vision of Pakistan in meeting the challenges and also identify areas in which the international community will be urged to assist Pakistan in overcoming its problems.