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Trade takes centre stage in Pakistan, Turkey dialogue

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    Trade takes centre stage in Pakistan, Turkey dialogue



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    Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi meets Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Islamabad.


    Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his Turkish counterpart on Friday laid emphasis on better trade ties between the two countries in a joint press conference.

    “Our meeting today focused on enhancing our economic relations and ways to facilitate each other,” said the foreign minister.

    He added that mutual interests and defence ties were also discussed during the discussion with Turkish Foreign Minister Melvut Cavusoglu. “We have exchanged views about how to prioritise our agreements and to fast-track the implementation of the projects.”

    FM Qureshi said that Turkey has agreed to support Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir and a peaceful solution for the decades-long issue between Pakistan and India.

    “I invited the Turkish FM to attend the Kashmir group on the sidelines of the UN Security Council session,” added the foreign minister.

    During the joint press conference, Qureshi lauded Ankara’s support in the matter of a blasphemous caricature contest in the Netherlands.

    Turkey’s Cavusoglu also reiterated Qureshi’s stance and said “trade ties are a priority”.

    “We will instruct the Turkish companies to invest in Pakistan. Defense cooperation is on top of our bilateral relations and we are talking about the exchange of helicopters as well,” said the Turkish envoy.

    Pakistan recently bought 30 T-129 attack helicopters from Turkey to replace its ageing fleet of US-made AH-1 Cobras. The defence deal is the largest ever signed between the two countries.

    He also said that anti-Islamic propaganda in the West and Europe is increasing “but we will always thwart these negative tactics”, reiterating Turkey’s support to Pakistan on the matter.

    Thanking Pakistan for its support during the failed putsch of 2016, Cavusoglu lauded Pakistan’s efforts against terrorism.

    The Turkish envoy arrived in Islamabad earlier on a two-day official visit. The two delegations will also discuss regional and international developments.

    Cavusoglu was received by senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Turkish envoy to Pakistan.

    An earlier statement by the Turkish Foreign Ministry stated that besides his Pakistani counterpart, the Turkish FM will also call on the president and prime minister.

    Cavusoglu also called on Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi. The discussion revolved around Pak-Turk relations, regional security including evolving situation in the Middle East, management of defence and security cooperation as well.

    Turkish Foreign Minister acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan’s contributions for conflict prevention in the region and also pledged to keep working for better relations between the two brotherly countries.
     
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    Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday said Turkey supported Pakistan against Financial Action Task Force (FATF)'s decision to place it on grey list.

    "Turkey stands by Pakistan during its tough times," Qureshi said while addressing a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, at the Foreign Office.

    "The beauty of the relations between Pakistan and Turkey is that they are not restricted to a government level," he added.

    While speaking on the occasion, the Turkish foreign minister thanked Qureshi for inviting him to the country and said, "I congratulate Prime Minster Imran Khan for assuming office and will thank him as well."

    "Governments change but real friendships remain," he added. "We will work towards maintaining this friendship."

    Further, he said, "Qureshi and I discussed several topics of common interest."

    The Turkish foreign minister, who is on a four-day visit to Pakistan, held one-on-one talks with Qureshi earlier today.

    Qureshi and Cavusoglu discussed strengthening Pak-Turkey strategic partnership in political and socio-economic sectors during their meeting.

    Delegation level talks were also held between delegations of the two countries at Foreign Office.

    "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," FO spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said after the delegation-level talks.

    "Pakistan and Turkey pledged to continue partnership for regional peace and stability," he added.

    Cavusoglu arrived in Pakistan on Thursday.

    According to a statement issued by the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Cavusoglu will also meet Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Arif Alvi during his visit.