Pakistan and Turkey agree to further enhance ties

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu have agreed that both the brotherly nations need to further enhance trade and economic relations. This agreement between both the countries came after Qureshi and Cavusoglu held a meeting in Islamabad today.

While later addressing a press conference, Qureshi further said that Pakistan and Turkey had excellent relations, with Turkey always standing by Pakistan in its hour of need. Both Foreign ministers also held delegation level talks where issues of bilateral interest were discussed.

Qureshi further said that Turkey supported Pakistan against Financial Action Task Force (FATF)’s decision to place it on grey list, adding that Ankara always stood by Islamabad in its tough times. “The beauty of the relations between Pakistan and Turkey is that they are not restricted to a government level,” he added.

The Turkish foreign minister also thanked Qureshi for inviting him and said, “I congratulate Prime Minster Imran Khan for assuming office and will thank him as well. Governments change but real friendships remain. We will work towards maintaining this friendship,” he added. He further added that he discussed several topics of common interest with Qureshi.

After their one on one meeting earlier in the day, Pakistan’s FO spokesperson, Dr Muhammad Faisal, in a statement said, “Both countries are tied in inseparable bonds of people to people affection based on common faith and objectives and shared destinies as members of Islamic world. Pakistan and Turkey pledged to continue partnership for regional peace and stability,” he added.

During his stay in Pakistan, Cavusoglu will also meet Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Arif Alvi.


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