Pakistan, Turkey agree to strengthen close cooperation at regional, int’l fora

Pakistan, Turkey agree to strengthen close cooperation at regional, int’l fora

ANKARA: Pakistan and Turkey Thursday agreed to strengthen close cooperation at regional and international fora, particularly UN, OIC, ECO, and the D-8 Organization, through mutual support for joint initiatives, policies and candidacies.

It was agreed during the 5th meeting of Pakistan-Turkey High Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC) held in Ankara and was co-chaired by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildrim.

According to a joint declaration issued after the 5th Pak-Turkey HLSCC, the two sides reaffirmed close, friendly and brotherly ties which are deeply rooted in history and a shared culture.

They were also desirous of giving further impetus to the already existing strategic cooperation between two countries, by taking concrete and significant steps in all areas of bilateral cooperation.

The two sides underlined the common vision of both countries for establishing peace, stability and prosperity in their region. They condemned in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attacks in both countries, and expressed condolences at the loss of precious lives as a result of such heinous attacks.

Pakistan and Turkey also reiterated their common resolve to fight the scourge of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations as well as the threat of extremism, and to support the relevant initiatives in this regard at regional and international platforms.

They reiterated strong condemnation of the heinous coup attempt in Turkey on 15 July 2016, paying tribute to the brave and resilient Turkish people who stood resolutely in defence of democracy against the forces of darkness.

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