Turkey and Pakistan Confer On Boosting Bilateral Cooperation

Turkey and Pakistan on Wednesday agreed over having a strong and improved bilateral cooperation at all levels.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a joint press conference with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in Ankara said that they have discussed enhancing bilateral relations and regional and global issues.

Both the leaders appeared before the media following one-on-one talks, in which Erdogan said that “Turkey-Pakistan are determined to increase mutual relations with a strategic perspective in line with the history, friendship, and potential of the two countries.”

Erdogan further went on saying that annual trade volume between the two countries reached to $1 billion, and they intend to increase it to $5 billion.

For his part, PM Sharif said that Turkey has stood with Pakistan at the time of need and on issues of core interest.

“I am reaffirming Pakistan’s all out support to Turkey in its fight against terrorism, including the PKK and FETO (the group behind the 2016 coup in Turkey),” Sharif said.

Sharif, who is looking forward to welcoming Erdogan to Islamabad in September, said that Islamabad and Ankara would increase bilateral ties on all fronts, including defense, energy, trade, and education.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Turkish Ministers for Trade and Transport signed bilateral agreements and Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) on areas of mutual interest, including trade, economy, communication, and environment.

Erdogan and Sharif were present in the signing ceremony.

Sharif landed in Ankara on Tuesday on a three-day trip, and this is his first visit since assuming office in April.


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