ANKARA: Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan have renewed their pledge to upgrade the excellent bilateral ties between the two brotherly countries to new heights by infusing new vigor of bilateral cooperation in diverse fields.
Addressing a joint press stakeout after holding a tete-e-tete, Prime minister Shehbaz Sharif said that the relationship between the two countries was embedded deep into history and shaped by shared goals. These ties transcended times and continued from generations to generations.
He said this year, the two countries were celebrating 75th year anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic ties.
The prime minister, while terming his meeting with President Erdogan very productive, expressed the hope that under the dynamic leadership of president, the bilateral ties would scale to new heights.
He welcomed announcement from Turkish President to hold next session of high level meeting in Islamabad in the month of September.
The Prime Minister said a strong business delegation is also visiting Pakistan next June which will have productive results.
He expressed hope that people from Turkey will invest in sectors like e-commerce, tourism, education, infrastructure and hydro power generation.
He said launch of PNS BADR, MILGEM corvette is an example of our wonderful collaboration in defense industry.
The Prime Minister expressed hope to further enhance the mutual cooperation.
Terming Pakistan and Turkey as partners of all times, he said many challenges faced by the two nations are same. He said two nations have always stood by each other in testing time and on issues of core interests.
Shehbaz Sharif appreciated Turkey’s steadfast support on Jammu and Kashmir dispute. He said Indian actions are posing threat to regional peace and stability. He said India is trying to change the demographic composition of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
He said Pakistan is convinced that durable peace in South Asia can only be achieved, if the long standing Jammu and Kashmir dispute is resolved in accordance with the UNSC’s resolution and wishes of the people of Kashmir.
Highlighting Pakistan’s support to Turkey, Shehbaz Sharif stressed that enemies of Turkey are enemies of Pakistan.
He said Pakistan and Turkey’s partnership is for perpetual good. He said we have worked together to promote shared objective of peaceful and stable Afghanistan.
The Prime Minister said emotional bonds between the two countries go beyond conventional inter-state relations. It’s a bond is deep-rooted in history, culture and in the fabric of our two societies.
In his remarks, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey is ready to further enhance its bilateral relations with brotherly country Pakistan. He said Pakistan and Turkey have strong cooperation in defense sector.
The Turkish President a strategic economic framework agreement was signed between the two countries to enhance trade. He said trade volume between Turkey and Pakistan has exceeded the figure of one billion dollars which is highest since 2010.
He said Pakistan and Turkey are working to further improve their relations in the fields of tourism, education, logistics, civil aviation and communication sectors. He encouraged Turkish business people to invest in Pakistan.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan Turkey supports Pakistan in its efforts against terrorism.