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  1. Omar1984

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    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Turkey here on Thursday agreed in principle to initiate the process for finalising Free Trade Agreement (FTA) as the two countries are eying $2 billion bilateral trade by the end of 2012.

    The two sides reached the understanding at 13th session of two-day Pak-Turkey Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) concluded here on Thursday.

    Speaking to media persons after signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU), commerce minister, Makhdoom Amin Fahim and Turkish minister of state for science and technology, Mehmet Aydin vowed that the two countries would vigorously pursue the negotiations to finalise FTA as early as possible. However, they remained short of giving any timeframe in this regard.

    Amin Fahim, who headed the Pakistani side in the JMC, termed the agreement on FTA a great breakthrough and said that the two sides are committed to act swiftly on the implementation of the FTA.

    The Turkish state minister said, "We don't want to lose any time. The proposed FTA will be high on the agenda of the Turkish Prime Minister's visit to Pakistan."

    He said that the Prime Minister will be visiting Pakistan in next ten days. So the breakthrough made at the JMC will be materialised as early as possible, he added.

    Responding to a question he admitted that in the last few years, the countries could not hold negotiations. The 13th JMC provided us an opportunity to look into bilateral cooperation according to emerging needs of the countries, said Aydin.

    According to the MOU, both countries were convinced that despite global recession, $2 billion bilateral trade target would be achieved by the end of 2012.

    The JMC also decided to expedite the initiatives of the Pakistani-Turkish Business Council. The Council should meet in the first half of 2010, as the two sides give high importance of effective functioning of private sector platforms in promoting bilateral trade. Pakistan and Turkey also emphasised the importance of enhancement of trade through the regional economic organizations such as Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) and Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC). They will exchange reciprocal 'investment assessment delegations' in 2010 with a view to determine the potential sector and further acquaintances among the investment circles of the two countries.

    Pakistan has also received two agreements 'Protocol on Establishing a Mechanism for Regular Consultations on Contracting and Consulting Engineering Services and 'Cooperation on Planning' between Pakistan and Turkey. The two sides also agreed to explore the possibilities of cooperation in the form of joint ventures between the business communities. Agreement has also been reached to increase collaboration in the field of science and technology. staff report
     
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    ISLAMABAD: The Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, Syed Naveed Qamar on Thursday agreed to enhance bilateral ties with Turkey. The minister expressed these views during a meeting with Turkish Minister of State for Science and Technology, Prof. Mehmet Aydin and Turkish ambassador to Pakistan Mustafa Babur Hizlan here today. They discussed wide range of issues and ways and means were explored for further strengthening the already existing bilateral ties between the two brotherly countries in all spheres of mutual benefit. Syed Naveed Qamar said that Pakistan considered Turkey a close and trusted friend and wanted to further enhance bilateral ties. The minister highlighted that better prospects exist for investors that have made the country the preferred destination in the sectors of oil and gas. He said that privatisation in the country is geared more towards public-private partnerships and proper safeguarding techniques were being implemented in a number of entities. Prof. Mehmet Aydin, discussed the investment prospects in Pakistan, particularly in the upstream oil and gas sector and also showed interest in the process of privatisation in the country. Aydin was also the co-chair of the Pak-Turkey Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) that has started deliberations aiming to explore ways and means of tapping the existing potential of ties between the two countries. staff report
     
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    We should look to brotherly countries like Turkey for markets rather than begging from the West and its allies. Make your economy, nation and power strong and the doors to trade open automatically ( as with China).
     
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    Always with our brother Turkey :tup:

    Pakistan, Iran and Turkey should take the ECO relationship to a much higher stage and work towards free trade agreements, common defense, and one single currency. That's our future.

    Turkey will never get into EU. It may decide to quit NATO in future as well since NATO has served its purpose and now its member countries are not too excited about it, especially with the outcome of WOT, and USA's hegemony over it that other countries don't like. Turkey has already taken an eastern turn in its foreign policy. These three countries should form a union and incorporate other ECO countries into its fold gradually afterwards as well.

    The world is moving towards regional blocs from nation states. Either you have to be a huge country like China, Russia, India, etc. Or you have to join other countries to form blocs, which will eventually lead to a political union of countries within the bloc.

    It will lift the ECO countries and protect their natural resources from outside looting that takes place so blatantly on the back of economical sanctions and military power. We need to join to protect our interests.

    This way, we will have a formidable bloc and even China will benefit from it without being a part of the bloc itself. Pakistan and other China friendly countries in the bloc will work favorably towards China and our bloc in turn will have a friendly Asian giant as our neighbor. Win-win against the western advances and chaos that they have imposed on us for their own materialistic and energy/economic goals in our region, in the garb of terrorism.

    If we don't do this, they'll break up our countries further and force us into blocs we don't want to be a part of. Like forcing a weak Pakistan under Indian hegemony, an unstable Balochistan that hurts both Pakistan and Iran, and an independent Kurdistan that breaks up Turkey.

    So we all need to work towards this bloc which is inevitable anyway, and force US/NATO out of our region. It will also take care of these western backed insurgencies we have in our countries. No outside influence, no problems for us. Simple.
     
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    good news i hope pakistan and turkey bashkortostan create together an army