Prime Minister reaffirms importance of building robust Pak-Turkey economic partnership 

Islamabad, June 02, 2022 (PPI-OT):Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has emphasized the importance of building a robust economic partnership as a central component of the strategic relationship between Pakistan and Turkey. In a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Wednesday, he invited the Turkish side to invest in Pakistan, particularly in the fields of hydel power and renewable energy. The Prime Minister stated that he would ensure that Turkish companies are facilitated in their current and future investment projects.

During the meeting, High-Level Strategic Cooperation as well as Strategic Economic Framework were reaffirmed as vital instruments to promote bilateral cooperation. The two leaders agreed to hold the 7th session of the HLSCC in Pakistan in September to further carry forward this process. Shehbaz Sharif noted that he is looking forward to welcoming a trade delegation from Turkey this month.

Thanking Turkey for its consistent and principled support on Jammu and Kashmir dispute, the Prime Minister noted that President Erdogan’s stance on the issue is a source of strength for the Kashmiris and the people of Pakistan. He appreciated Turkey’s contribution towards peace and security in the region and beyond and expressed Pakistan’s support and solidarity with Turkey on issues of core interest.

On Afghanistan, the Prime Minister appreciated Turkey’s humanitarian assistance and constructive engagement. He added that Pakistan, as an immediate neighbour, would continue to stand with the Afghan people and help them in meeting the existing challenges particularly the humanitarian situation and economic fragility. Both sides agreed to continue coordinating with each other for advancing the shared objectives of a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan.

He lauded Turkish President’s efforts to facilitate talks between Russia and Ukraine for a diplomatic solution and stressed the importance that Pakistan attaches to the resolution of conflict in Ukraine through dialogue and diplomacy at the earliest possible.

The two leaders also discussed challenges to food security in the backdrop of Ukraine crisis and agreed to closely coordinate mitigating measures. Both leaders exchanged views on strengthening bilateral cooperation in various fields, including trade and investment and defence.

Earlier, the Prime Minister was welcomed in an impressive ceremony with a guard of honour as he arrived at the Presidential Complex. National anthems of both countries were played. The two leaders were introduced to their respective delegations.

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