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Pakistan, Turkey agree to further strengthen bilateral cooperation

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President Syed Mamnoon Hussain and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have agreed on joint cooperation between the two countries for further deepening trade and defence relations.

An understanding to this effect came during a meeting between the two leaders at the Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad on Wednesday.

The two Presidents had one on one meeting which was followed by delegation level meeting.

President Mamnoon Hussain thanked Turkey for its strong support for Pakistan’s Nuclear Suppliers’ Group membership.

On the occasion, President Mamnoon Hussain proposed to conclude a comprehensive and long-term “Framework Agreement for Defence Cooperation” between Pakistan and Turkey which was agreed by the visiting dignitary.

He expressed satisfaction at Turkey’s cooperation for its Submarine upgrade and acquiring of Super Mushak trainer aircraft from Pakistan.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on this occasion said bilateral defence cooperation between the two countries will grow further in the coming days.

The two leaders agreed that Kashmir dispute should be resolved in accordance with the resolutions of United Nations.

Expressing concern over human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir, President Mamnoon Hussain called for an inquiry of these atrocities under the UN auspices.

The President thanked Turkish President on Turkey’s support on Kashmir issue and reaffirmed Pakistan’s support for Turkey’s position on Cyprus and hoped that the issue will be resolved soon.

President Mamnoon Hussain emphasized the need to enhance bilateral trade ties.

He hoped that Turkish investors will invest in Pakistan’s energy and infrastructure sectors.

The two leaders condemned terrorism in all its manifestation and reiterated the resolve that Pakistan and Turkey will continue to cooperate with each other for elimination of terrorism.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkish people would resolutely defeat terrorists belonging to PKK and Daesh.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan commended the resolve of Pakistani nation and Armed Forces in the fight against terrorism and hoped that peace will soon be completely restored in Pakistan.

On the occasion, President Mamnoon Hussain proposed to celebrate the 70th year of Pakistan-Turkey Diplomatic Relations in a befitting manner through exchange of high-level visits, issuance of joint commemorative stamps and cultural exchanges to which Turkish President agreed.

President Mamnoon Hussain apprised his Turkish counterpart about developments related to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and said that this mega project will be a source of progress and stability in South Asia, Central Asia and Middle East.

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed pleasure at fast paced development in regard to CPEC and said Turkey believes that this project will become a source of international peace and stability.

Earlier, upon arrival, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was warmly received by President Mamnoon Hussain at the main entrance of the Aiwan-e-Sadr.

On the occasion, children clad in traditional dress presented bouquets to the visiting dignitary. President Mamnoon Hussain also hosted a banquet in the honour of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Earlier on Wednesday Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Islamabad Pakistan for a two-day official visit on the invitation of President Mamnoon Hussain.

The Turkish president and First Lady Emine Erdogan were welcomed by Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Kalsoom Nawaz and Maryam Nawaz upon arrival at the Nur Khan Airbase. Punjab Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, federal ministers, diplomats and other high-ranking officials were also present to welcome President Erdogan.

During his visit, the Turkish President will also address a joint session of parliament today (Thursday).

According to Foreign Office Spokesperson, President Erdogan is accompanied by a high-level entourage including ministers and senior officials besides a large number of business community members.

The Turkish President will also travel to Lahore where the Prime Minister will host a banquet in his honour at Shahi Fort.

This is Erdogan’s fourth state visit to Pakistan. He first visited Pakistan on 21st May 2012 as the country’s prime minister. He also visited Pakistan as prime minister for the second time on 17th September 2013. He made his first state visit as the Turkish president on 1st August 2015.

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