President’s meeting with Turkish Prime Minister

Islamabad, December 24, 2013 (PPI-OT): President Mamnoon Hussain has called for translating the current positive momentum and friendly equation generated through frequent high level visits between Pakistan and turkey into strategic economic partnership to the mutual benefit of the people of the two countries and also the region.

The President said this during his meeting with Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey at the Presidency today. The Turkish prime minister was accompanied by Mr. Zafer Caglayan, Minister of Economy, Mr. Binali Yildirim, Minister of Transport and Mr. Sadik Babur Girgin, Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan.

From Pakistan side, those who attended the meeting included Mr. Ishaq Dar, Finance Minister, Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Science and Technology, Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Acting Foreign Secretary.

The two leaders exchanged views on Pakistan- Turkey bilateral relations and regional and international issues of mutual of interest.

Welcoming the Turkish Prime Minister and his delegation, the President said that Pakistan attaches great significance to its fraternal and multifaceted ties with Turkey and desires to further enhance and strengthen these ties in all fields. Friendship with the Turkish people is part of the legacy inherited from our forefathers that we greatly cherish and preserve, the President said and added that Turkey and Pakistan enjoy a unique relationship which is unparalleled in the world.

The President expressed confidence that the visit of the Turkish Prime Minister accompanied by a huge business delegation would prove to be landmark in the strategic economic partnership between our two brotherly countries besides providing great impetus to further boost trade, economic and investment ties.

Highlighting the investment friendly policies of the government, the President said that present Government has embarked on an ambitious socio-economic development agenda and various steps are being taken to attract both domestic and foreign investment in Pakistan.

The President invited Turkish investors and businessmen to avail the investment opportunities and the incentive packages, the present government offers for investment in various areas including trade, energy, infrastructure, communication and others.

The impressive business delegation accompanying the Prime Minister is a strong endorsement on the investment friendly business policies of the government, the President continued. . He expressed confidence that the well-attended Business Forum that was addressed by the Prime Ministers of the two countries in Lahore would go a long way in further strengthening our economic and business ties.

The President expressed hope that the various MoUs and agreements signed during the visit of the Prime Minister would explore new avenues of mutual cooperation and would help boost Pak- Turkey trade and economic ties to new heights thus ushering in a new era of progress and prosperity for the people of the two countries.

Discussing regional situation, the President said that Pakistan is committed to the peace and stability of the region and would welcome all efforts aimed at restoring peace and stability in the region. The President said that Pakistan and Turkey as the two pillars of strength stand united in its joint endeavour to promote peace and stability in the region.

The President later also hosted lunch for the Prime Minister, his family and the accompanying delegation.

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