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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad Thursday for his two-day visit.

Accompanied by a big crowd of Turkish businessmen, Erdogan’s visit aims to transform the historic brotherly relations between two countries into a strong concrete economic alliance.

The high-level delegations comprising of cabinet members and senior government officials and leading businessmen will be exploring new opportunities and finalising several agreements.

Erdogan and his Pakistani counterpart President Imran Khan co-chaired the sixth session of the Pakistan-Turkey High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council.




Khan said the council meeting is one of the most important symbols of the friendship between two nations.

We have deliberated our relationship in detail during the council meeting,” Khan said, adding that the 13 memorandums of understanding (MOU) signed by both parties is an indication of “how important the relations between us are".


Ranging from tourism to security, the MoUs also include the cooperation between Pakistan state-owned PTV, Radio Pakistan and Turkey’s state broadcaster Turkish Radio and Television (TRT).

The Pak-Turk Military Consultative Group was established in 1988 aiming to strengthen military relations between the two countries. However, as ties improved, the scope of cooperation expanded and took on a new name, the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC).

Facing US sanctions on its army in the 1990s, Pakistan sought Turkish help to upgrade and modernise its military equipment including its F-16s.

Over the past two years, the two countries have signed mega defence pacts, making Turkey the second-largest arms supplier to Pakistan after China.

Most notably, in 2018, Pakistan purchased $1.5 billion worth of 30 Turkish-made T-129 attack helicopters.

As the military ties grew, both countries enhanced their economic partnership in various fields. Therefore, seven joint groups work under the council to improve ties in trade and investment, the energy sector, banking and finance, transport and communication, tourism and culture and education and political coordination.

It marks the fourth visit by Erdogan to Pakistan as Turkey’s prime minister and president.

However, despite the increasingly close relationship between the two countries, Islamabad is expecting “much more” out of the visit compared to previous encounters, according to Abdul Razzak Dawood, the advisor for Commerce, Textile, Industry and Production and Investment of Pakistan.

“What I am expecting is that we already have the presence of Turkish companies here. But that’s not enough. We want these numbers double, even triple,” Dawood said.

The current trade volume between the two countries is $900 million.

The Pakistani adviser continued: “We want to increase cooperation with Turkish companies to benefit from their expertise in different sectors, mainly construction, tourism, engineering, food processing, chemicals, and information technology.”

Turkey also supports Pakistan in the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which, if it blacklists Pakistan, could significantly limit Islamabad’s economic ability and isolate the country.

The ongoing landmark projects are aimed to boost the trade volume between Turkey and Pakistan.

In April 2019, Turkey, Iran and Pakistan signed the International Road Transport agreement. The deal will open a direct Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad trade corridor with smooth customs control, linking Turkey, Central Asia and Europe.


Moreover, Pakistan’s Imran Khan recently said he will invite Turkey to involve China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in a bid to stretch the implementation of megaprojects across the countries.

Turkey’s new consulate, under construction in Karachi, the largest city and main port of Pakistan, will be Turkey’s largest consulate anywhere in the world.

As Pakistan expects more investment, Turkey aims to diversify its economic ties across the countries. This mutual desire to boost economic cooperation has the potential to bring a new dimension to geopolitics in Asia.
 
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Turkey and Pakistan agreement is a win-win for both nations

As Pakistan expects more Turkish investment, Turkey aims to diversify its economic cooperations.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan walks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on his arrival in Islamabad, Pakistan, February 13, 2020. (Reuters)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad Thursday for his two-day visit.

Accompanied by a big crowd of Turkish businessmen, Erdogan’s visit aims to transform the historic brotherly relations between two countries into a strong concrete economic alliance.

The high-level delegations comprising of cabinet members and senior government officials and leading businessmen will be exploring new opportunities and finalising several agreements.

Erdogan and his Pakistani counterpart President Imran Khan co-chaired the sixth session of the Pakistan-Turkey High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council.

Khan said the council meeting is one of the most important symbols of the friendship between two nations.

“We have deliberated our relationship in detail during the council meeting,” Khan said, adding that the 13 memorandums of understanding (MOU) signed by both parties is an indication of “how important the relations between us are".


Turkey will continue supporting Pakistan's fight against terrorism, president tells Pakistan's parliament in historic speech on February 14, 2020. (AA)
Ranging from tourism to security, the MoUs also include the cooperation between Pakistan state-owned PTV, Radio Pakistan and Turkey’s state broadcaster Turkish Radio and Television (TRT).

The Pak-Turk Military Consultative Group was established in 1988 aiming to strengthen military relations between the two countries. However, as ties improved, the scope of cooperation expanded and took on a new name, the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC).

Facing US sanctions on its army in the 1990s, Pakistan sought Turkish help to upgrade and modernise its military equipment including its F-16s.

Over the past two years, the two countries have signed mega defence pacts, making Turkey the second-largest arms supplier to Pakistan after China.

Most notably, in 2018, Pakistan purchased $1.5 billion worth of 30 Turkish-made T-129 attack helicopters.

As the military ties grew, both countries enhanced their economic partnership in various fields. Therefore, seven joint groups work under the council to improve ties in trade and investment, the energy sector, banking and finance, transport and communication, tourism and culture and education and political coordination.

It marks the fourth visit by Erdogan to Pakistan as Turkey’s prime minister and president.

However, despite the increasingly close relationship between the two countries, Islamabad is expecting “much more” out of the visit compared to previous encounters, according to Abdul Razzak Dawood, the advisor for Commerce, Textile, Industry and Production and Investment of Pakistan.

“What I am expecting is that we already have the presence of Turkish companies here. But that’s not enough. We want these numbers double, even triple,” Dawood said.

The current trade volume between the two countries is $900 million.

The Pakistani adviser continued: “We want to increase cooperation with Turkish companies to benefit from their expertise in different sectors, mainly construction, tourism, engineering, food processing, chemicals, and information technology.”

Turkey also supports Pakistan in the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which, if it blacklists Pakistan, could significantly limit Islamabad’s economic ability and isolate the country.

The ongoing landmark projects are aimed to boost the trade volume between Turkey and Pakistan.

In April 2019, Turkey, Iran and Pakistan signed the International Road Transport agreement. The deal will open a direct Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad trade corridor with smooth customs control, linking Turkey, Central Asia and Europe.

Moreover, Pakistan’s Imran Khan recently said he will invite Turkey to involve China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in a bid to stretch the implementation of megaprojects across the countries.

Turkey’s new consulate, under construction in Karachi, the largest city and main port of Pakistan, will be Turkey’s largest consulate anywhere in the world.

As Pakistan expects more investment, Turkey aims to diversify its economic ties across the countries. This mutual desire to boost economic cooperation has the potential to bring a new dimension to geopolitics in Asia.


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‘Kashmir as important to Turkey as it is to Pakistan’

Turkey will continue supporting Pakistan's fight against terrorism, president tells Pakistan's parliament in historic speech




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The issue of Kashmir is as important to Turkey as it is to Pakistan, Turkey’s president said on Friday.

“We have never forgotten and will never forget the help which the Pakistani people extended by sharing their own bread during our War of Independence. And now, Kashmir is and will be the same for us.

“It was Canakkale [Gallipoli] yesterday and it is Kashmir today, [there is] no difference,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a joint session of Pakistan’s parliament during his official visit to the country, referring to a pivotal battle in the Turkish War of Independence.

Erdogan also told how Turkey raised the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly last September, in the wake of a lockdown in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir.

He said the suffering of the Kashmiri people had worsened in recent years due to the taking of “unilateral steps.”

“This approach, which aggravates the current situation and revokes the freedom and vested rights of the Kashmiri people, benefits no one,” he said.

“The Kashmir problem can be solved not by conflict or oppression, but on the basis of justice and equity.”

His remarks come some seven months into a lockdown on Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian-administered section of the disputed Kashmir region, a move widely decried by human rights groups as well as the global Islamic community.

Jammu and Kashmir is held by India and Pakistan in parts and claimed by both in full. A small sliver of Kashmir is also held by China.

Since they were partitioned in 1947, the two countries have fought three wars – in 1948, 1965 and 1971 – including two over Kashmir.

Some Kashmiri groups in Jammu and Kashmir have been fighting against Indian rule for independence or unification with neighboring Pakistan.

According to several human rights organizations, thousands of people have reportedly been killed in the conflict in the region since 1989.




Turkey shares grief of Muslims

In his record fourth address to Pakistan’s parliament, Erdogan also addressed the situation in Idlib, northwestern Syria, saying that Turkey is working to protect millions in the province’s de-escalation zone from Assad regime barrel bombs.

“The goal of the steps we've taken in Idlib in recent days is to prevent four million oppressed people from dying under the barrel bombs of the [Assad] regime. Turkey's top priority is to stop the bloodshed, demolition, oppression, and tears in all conflict zones from Libya to Yemen,” Erdogan said.

Pakistan stands with Turkey’s righteous cause, he said – referring to Turkey’s anti-terrorist Operation Peace Spring, launched last October, in northern Syria – despite others who work to protect terrorists.

Erdogan said no boundaries and no distance can drive a wedge between Muslims.

“Wherever they are in the world, it is our duty to share the grief of our Muslim brothers and sisters and stand by them if they are persecuted. Because oppression includes giving consent to oppression, regardless of its origin,” he said.

During its 2016-2019 presidency of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Turkey actively engaged in all matters concerning the Islamic community, he said.

“We showed a very honorable and stable stance against the attacks of Israel on Jerusalem,” he added.



Deal of Century ‘an occupation plan’

On the so-called Deal of the Century on Jerusalem, announced on Jan. 28 by U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House to widespread condemnation, Erdogan blasted the plan as “an occupation project.”

“By saying that Jerusalem is our red line, we declared to the whole world that we will never leave the first qibla Jerusalem to the mercy of the invading Israeli state,” he said.

In the plan, Trump proposed a patchwork Palestinian state, severely hemmed by illegal Israeli settlements, as well as recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank and Jerusalem as Israel's "undivided capital."

The so-called peace plan unilaterally annuls previous UN resolutions on the Palestinian issue and suggests giving Israel almost everything it demanded.



Turkey to support Pakistan's counter-terror efforts

“Pakistan continues to make progress on the path of development and prosperity. Undoubtedly, economic development cannot be achieved within a single day. It is necessary to work hard for this to act in a planned way with perseverance, faith and confidence. Stability and trust are two indispensable conditions for development,” Erdogan said.

He said Pakistan's efforts in cooperation with legislative, executive, judicial and military institutions as well as its steps to improve business and the investment environment “will make Pakistan a more attractive country in the eyes of investors.”

“We appreciate Pakistan's efforts to combat terrorism,” he added.

“Pakistan is a country that has suffered from instability, terrorism and conflicts in its region. As a country that has been fighting separatist terrorist organizations including Daesh [ISIS], the PKK and [Fetullah Terrorist Organization] FETO for 35 years, we understand the challenges Pakistan faces and we will continue to support Pakistan in its efforts against terrorism.”

The YPG/PKK has taken some 40,000 lives in its 30-year terror campaign on Turkey, and FETO infiltrated national institutions to launch a defeated coup attempt against Turkey in 2016.




Turkey stands with Pakistan in FATF

Erdogan also said Turkey would support Pakistan against the application of political pressure by the intergovernmental Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

FATF, an international watchdog against money laundering and the financing of terrorism, has put Pakistan on its grey list for jurisdictions with strategic deficiencies.

Turkey, Malaysia, and China are the three main countries pushing to remove Pakistan from the grey list.
 

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President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an shakes hands with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Islamabad, Pakistan, Feb. 14, 2020. (AA Photo)
Ankara and Islamabad look to benefit from the increasing trend in recent years and raise their bilateral trade volume to $1 billion in short-term, before eventually increasing it to $5 billion
To fully realize their immense potential, Turkey and Pakistan aim to increase their commercial and economic ties to the level of their political relations, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Friday.

Erdoğan’s remarks came in his address at the Turkey-Pakistan Business and Investment Forum in the capital Islamabad, where the president arrived on Thursday for a two-day official visit – the fourth since 2002 and the second since he became president.

“Despite the increasing trade and investments recently, unfortunately, we see that we are far behind our potential in this area,” Erdoğan said, stressing the strong drive of both countries’ political leadership to support the business world to propel ties to the level they deserve.

The two countries have been fostering deeper socioeconomic relations in recent years, as they have seen their trade volume go up from $600 million to about $800 million over the last five years.

“I frankly do not plan for trade volume between Turkey and Pakistan, with a combined population of around 300 million, to stay at $804 million. We should first rapidly bring our bilateral trade to over $1 billion and then to our target of $5 billion,” he said.

A large Turkish business delegation, comprised of leading business representatives from engineering, energy, tourism, construction, defense, automotive, chemicals, information technology and other sectors accompanied the president during his visit.

Desires alone won’t enable the two countries to reach their goals, Erdoğan said, emphasizing that decisive and strong steps must be taken in line with a common goal.

He added that they are aware of the similarities between the two countries, especially in the export of items, but said there are many areas where the two can complement each other.

“Here we have a focus and aim to propel our trade to the level it deserves. For this, we must prevent the rising protectionist walls around the world from coming between us.”

Abdul Razak Dawood, Khan’s adviser on commerce and investment, was cited by Anadolu Agency (AA) as saying that Pakistan and Turkey will begin negotiations to finalize the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in April.

Turkey and Pakistan are engaged in the Strategic Economic Framework (SEF), which aims to boost the bilateral trade volume. Last year, Ankara presented its proposals on the SEF to Islamabad with an aim to expand the bilateral trade volume fivefold from its existing level.

The SEF includes some 71 actionable items – including a free trade agreement, technology transfer, capacity building and defense cooperation.

Investments gain acceleration

There are 158 companies with Pakistani capital in Turkey. The total investment amount of these firms has reached approximately $100 million. On the other hand, 17 Turkish companies are operating in Pakistan.

Turkish firms in the country are operating in multiple areas, including energy, food, cleaning and construction.

An observable acceleration has been achieved concerning the investment, Erdoğan underlined. “Turkey’s foreign direct investments in Pakistan have reached $500 million,” he said. “Our firms are thinking of further increasing their current investments,” he noted, adding that the conglomerate Anadolu Group and chemicals manufacturer Hayat Kimya have plans of additional investments worth about $200 million and $350 million, respectively.

Diary giant Sütaş will soon launch a milk processing plant, similar to the one it has in Turkey and which is the largest in the country, in Punjab with Pakistani partners, Erdoğan said.

The president said they hope the numbers and investments will continue to increase. He stressed that they do not see the difference between Turkish and foreign companies making investments in Turkey, noting that the support they provide for investments and that the country’s doors are open to anyone who believes in the country’s investment potential.

For his part, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said the doors of their country are also open for any area Turkey can help Pakistan, stressing his country would do everything necessary to further develop bilateral trade between the two countries.

“We will provide all kinds of support in establishing partnerships between the businesspeople of the two countries, especially in the areas we prioritize. Tourism is one of these areas. The Turkish tourism sector is a very developed sector, and Pakistan has a lot to learn from it,” he noted.

“Pakistan is a very virgin country in this area. We have infrastructure deficiencies. The infrastructure is established in Turkey, a country advanced in the sea and cultural tourism, and we want help in this area from Turkish investors,” Khan said.

One of the countries with the largest young population in the world, Pakistan is also open to investments in information technology, he noted. He also pointed to the country’s high potential in mining, saying, however, most of the mining sites are untouched.

“Our doors are open to investors from Turkey, which is far ahead of us in this area. We have fertile land for agriculture, but we cannot use water properly. We should learn the techniques in this field from Turkey,” the prime minister said.

Erdoğan and Khan co-chaired the sixth meeting of the Turkey-Pakistan High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council, attended by senior politicians and cabinet members from both sides.

The two countries signed a joint declaration at the conclusion of the session. Turkey and Pakistan inked a string of memorandums of understanding (MoUs) aimed at boosting the existing bilateral trade, economic engagement, and cultural and communication ties.

The MoUs include cooperation between two countries' state-run broadcasters – TRT and PTV – education and overseas diaspora, culture and tourism development and facilitation, halal accreditation and conformity assessment and trade facilitation. They also intend to cooperate in areas like customs, postal services, railway and military training and e-commerce.

Ankara and Karachi agreed to formulate a declaration of an economic framework to increase bilateral trade volume to $5 billion from the current volume of $800 million.

The two countries also signed a MoU in the energy sector. The MoU proposes cooperation in the area of hydrocarbons, joint ventures in exploration and production, and sharing of best practices in natural gas distribution, transmission and wholesale markets in the liquefied petroleum gas market.

Prior to the session, the two leaders met for discussions on a wide range of global and regional affairs.

On Thursday, Erdoğan met with his Pakistani counterpart Arif Alvi, with whom he exchanged views on regional and international issues.

The statement by the presidency said both leaders stressed the importance of the historic bilateral relationship between Turkey and Pakistan in various areas, including politics, economy, culture, defense and people-to-people contact.

They affirmed that both countries would continue to extend mutual support on issues of each other's core national interests. The leaders highlighted the importance of fully realizing the great potential of the relationship between Pakistan and Turkey and transforming it into a strong and dynamic trade and economic partnership, it said.

Strategic economic framework

Also addressing the forum, Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan announced that Turkey and Pakistan have agreed on a strategic economic framework and an action plan.

Pekcan said the high-level council with the attendance of two countries' leaders addressed trade and economic cooperation.

“I believe bilateral investments will continue accelerating thanks to the president’s visit to Pakistan,” she noted.

Pekcan stressed the importance of Turkish contractors' participation in Pakistan’s infrastructure and superstructure investments. “We will utilize the sources of Türk Eximbank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to finance those projects,” Pekcan highlighted.



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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad Thursday for his two-day visit.

Accompanied by a big crowd of Turkish businessmen, Erdogan’s visit aims to transform the historic brotherly relations between two countries into a strong concrete economic alliance.

The high-level delegations comprising of cabinet members and senior government officials and leading businessmen will be exploring new opportunities and finalising several agreements.

Erdogan and his Pakistani counterpart President Imran Khan co-chaired the sixth session of the Pakistan-Turkey High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council.




Khan said the council meeting is one of the most important symbols of the friendship between two nations.

We have deliberated our relationship in detail during the council meeting,” Khan said, adding that the 13 memorandums of understanding (MOU) signed by both parties is an indication of “how important the relations between us are".


Ranging from tourism to security, the MoUs also include the cooperation between Pakistan state-owned PTV, Radio Pakistan and Turkey’s state broadcaster Turkish Radio and Television (TRT).

The Pak-Turk Military Consultative Group was established in 1988 aiming to strengthen military relations between the two countries. However, as ties improved, the scope of cooperation expanded and took on a new name, the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC).

Facing US sanctions on its army in the 1990s, Pakistan sought Turkish help to upgrade and modernise its military equipment including its F-16s.

Over the past two years, the two countries have signed mega defence pacts, making Turkey the second-largest arms supplier to Pakistan after China.

Most notably, in 2018, Pakistan purchased $1.5 billion worth of 30 Turkish-made T-129 attack helicopters.

As the military ties grew, both countries enhanced their economic partnership in various fields. Therefore, seven joint groups work under the council to improve ties in trade and investment, the energy sector, banking and finance, transport and communication, tourism and culture and education and political coordination.

It marks the fourth visit by Erdogan to Pakistan as Turkey’s prime minister and president.

However, despite the increasingly close relationship between the two countries, Islamabad is expecting “much more” out of the visit compared to previous encounters, according to Abdul Razzak Dawood, the advisor for Commerce, Textile, Industry and Production and Investment of Pakistan.

“What I am expecting is that we already have the presence of Turkish companies here. But that’s not enough. We want these numbers double, even triple,” Dawood said.

The current trade volume between the two countries is $900 million.

The Pakistani adviser continued: “We want to increase cooperation with Turkish companies to benefit from their expertise in different sectors, mainly construction, tourism, engineering, food processing, chemicals, and information technology.”

Turkey also supports Pakistan in the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which, if it blacklists Pakistan, could significantly limit Islamabad’s economic ability and isolate the country.

The ongoing landmark projects are aimed to boost the trade volume between Turkey and Pakistan.

In April 2019, Turkey, Iran and Pakistan signed the International Road Transport agreement. The deal will open a direct Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad trade corridor with smooth customs control, linking Turkey, Central Asia and Europe.


Moreover, Pakistan’s Imran Khan recently said he will invite Turkey to involve China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in a bid to stretch the implementation of megaprojects across the countries.

Turkey’s new consulate, under construction in Karachi, the largest city and main port of Pakistan, will be Turkey’s largest consulate anywhere in the world.

As Pakistan expects more investment, Turkey aims to diversify its economic ties across the countries. This mutual desire to boost economic cooperation has the potential to bring a new dimension to geopolitics in Asia.
Ik is the PM not president

Any news on military mou's
 

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I would not call it historic there still a lot of talk and MOUs nevertheless despite Turkey being run by Erdogan as long as ties relate to Trade,Diplomatic support for Pakistan's interests and arms sales I think anyone would be fine with that my issue is when Pakistanis get to hyper and excited whenever a foreign leader comes around and make a big deal as usual and then reality strikes that its not hat big of a deal
 

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I have been hearing definitive chatter about
  • Free Trade Agreement
  • Dual Nationality
Perhaps similar to what USA/Canada/Mexico enjoy
However the push for Strong ties with Turkey was long overdue
 

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