Pak-Turkey agree to boost ties in diverse areas; FTA by end of 2016

Pak-Turkey agree to boost ties in diverse areas; FTA by end of 2016

Turkey Pakistan News

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Turkey on Thursday agreed to further
strengthen their existing close, deep-rooted and multi-faceted ties
and cooperation in diverse areas for the mutual benefit (Turkey Pakistan News).

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, after holding one-on-one
meeting and delegation talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,
told a joint press conference that they had an extensive and wide-ranging
exchange of views.

“We reaffirmed our joint commitment to continue to transform our
special relationship into a strong, strategic partnership.”

The Prime Minister also said the two sides agreed that increased trade,
investment and commercial cooperation must be the nucleus of the
robust economic relationship that they envision.

“In this context we have decided to complete the negotiation process
for the comprehensive bilateral free trade agreement by the end of 2016,” he also said.

Moreover, during the delegation level talks, Prime Minister Sharif and
President Erdogan led their respective delegations.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also said Pakistan and Turkey are two
pivotal states, witnessing instability, conflict and transformational
developments in their respective regions.

“President Erdogan and I agreed that a close Pak-Turkey relationship
served as a powerful factor of stability in this troubled environment,” he further said.

He also said Pakistan was committed to a peaceful neighbourhood and along
with Turkey, the joint efforts for security and development in the region would continue.

“As indispensable partners, Pakistan and Turkey would continue to
make efforts for peace, security and development in the region and beyond.”

He also mentioned that 2017 marked the 70th anniversary of Pak-Turk diplomatic relations.

Nawaz Sharif also acknowledged Turkey’s support to Pakistan at
Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), adding that it resulted in
strengthening Pakistan’s position at the forum.

President Erdogan also thanked Prime Minister Sharif for a very warm welcome
extended to him in his second home, Pakistan.

He also expressed satisfaction that Pakistan and Turkey were making progress
in the areas of economy, trade and culture, besides strengthening ties in
defence and energy sectors.

High Level Strategic Council

He further said Turkey would soon be hosting the fifth summit of the High Level Strategic Council.

The Turkish President also expressed satisfaction over the cooperation between
Pakistan and Afghanistan to ensure peace and hoped that it would help
overcome the menace of terrorism.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif mentioned the July 15th “heinous
coup attempt” in Turkey, which he said disturbed the people of Pakistan
who fully backed the resolve and resilience of Turkish nation in resisting
the “illegal assault against democracy”.

“The courage with which President Erdogan led this effort from the front
was decisive and entire Pakistani nation regardless of political affiliation
was unanimous in support and solidarity for Turkey’s elected government
and democratic institutions,” he also said.

The Prime Minister also said, “We believe that the people of Turkey wrote a new chapter
in the annals of history and democracy and set an example for others.”

He also expressed hoped that Turkey would continue to march forward towards peace,
progress and prosperity under President Erdogan’s charismatic and visionary leadership.

President Erdogan also thanked Pakistan for expressing solidarity with Turkey
regarding the coup attempt and mentioned the telephone calls he received
immediately by President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
and Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif, in the aftermath of coup.

On the support shown by both Houses of Pakistani parliament by passing the
resolution expressing solidarity with Turkish government and nation, Erdogan
said “we would never forget this stance and sincerity”.

The Turkish President also thanked the Pakistan government on asking the
staffers of Pak-Turk schools financed by Fetullah Gulen to leave the country
by November 20, and said Turkey was also taking necessary steps to curb
Gulen’s network.

He further expressed hoped that other friendly countries would follow the suit
of Pakistan’s decisive step against Gulen’s terrorist organization.

Earlier, the two leaders held one-on-one talks and also led their respective
sides at the delegation-level meetings.

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Defence
Minister Khwaja Asif, Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, State
Minister for Health Saira Afzal Tarar and Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry
attended the delegation-level talks.

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