Pakistan, Turkey agree to enhance economic ties

Islamabad, Aug 14, IRNA -- Pakistan and Turkey have agreed to further strengthen trade, economic, investment and defense relations.

The understanding came during delegation-level talks between both countries in Islamabad, in which Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi represented Pakistani side while the Turkish side by its Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

It is Mr. Cavusoglu’s fifth visit to Islamabad.

In his welcome remarks, Foreign Minister Qureshi stated that Pakistan and Turkey have been brothers, friends and partners. The inseparable bonds of common faith, history, culture have been reinforced by mutual trust and a sense of inter-dependence on critical issues.

Both Foreign Ministers held a one-on-one meeting followed by delegation level talks in which senior officials from both sides were present.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi noted that regular exchange of high-level visits, and presence of a number of institutional frameworks under the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC), was indicative of the close bilateral ties maintained at various levels. Pakistan and Turkey support each other on all issues of core concern to both sides.

The Turkish Foreign Minister conveyed the best wishes of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the people of the Republic of Turkey and congratulated Qureshi on his appointment as Foreign Minister of Pakistan.

While reiterating the “heart to heart” and “Two Countries, One Nation” relations between the two countries, he underlined that Pakistan will always have a special significance in Turkey's Foreign Policy.

He appreciated Pakistan’s successful and strong action to subdue and defeat the menace of extremism and terrorism.

Both sides reiterated that Pakistan and Turkey are important members of the Muslim world.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi reaffirmed that Government’s priorities focused on socio-economic uplifting of the people of Pakistan and furthering regional peace and stability in the region, and that Turkey was one of the frontline partners in this pursuit.

Qureshi said that Turkey has agreed to support Pakistan's bid for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue at the UN.

Cavusoglu said, 'Our two nations are destined to achieve great heights through a collective journey on the road to ensuring peace, stability, socio-economic development leading to prosperity of not only our two nations but all other countries and regions in our neighbourhood.'

By the grace of Allah, Turkey and Pakistan are endowed with unmatched natural, geographic and human resources to achieve these objectives. Leadership on both sides is determined to make best use of the close linkages and the existing potentials to further strength Pak-Turkey strategic partnership.
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