Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday renewed their pledge to upgrade the excellent bilateral ties between the two brotherly countries to new heights by infusing new vigour of bilateral cooperation in diverse fields.
Addressing a joint press stakeout after holding a tete-e-tete, Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif said that the relationship between the two countries was embedded deep into history and shaped by shared goals. These ties transcended times and continued from generations to generations, he added.
He said this year, the two countries were celebrating 75th year anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic ties.
The prime minister while terming his meeting with president Erdogan very productive, expressed the hope that under the dynamic leadership of president, the bilateral ties would scale to new heights.
President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in his remarks, said during their meeting, they had discussed the regional and international issues in detail.
They also reaffirmed to enhance the scope of bilateral ties, he said, adding the high level meeting would be held in Islamabad in September which would further provide opportunity to the both countries to further foster their brotherly ties.
President Erdogan resolved that the close friendship and cooperation between the two countries would be further strengthened.
Earlier, the two leaders also witnessed the signing of various agreements and MoUs for enhanced cooperation in diverse areas of mutual interests.
Earlier Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif reached Presidential Palace, Ankara to meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
A smartly turned-out contingent of the Turkish armed forces presented a guard of honour to the Prime Minister, where he was received by the Turkish President.
On the occasion, national anthems of both the countries were played.
Earlier, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday invited the Turkish investors to explore Pakistan’s diverse sectors, particularly the energy sector offering immense opportunities and scope for development.
Addressing at the Pakistan Turkey Business Council under the DEIK – Foreign Economic Relations Board, the prime minister said Pakistan’s energy sector with its vast potential in hydel, thermal, coal, wind, and solar areas could prove ideal for Turkish investors.
PM Sharif said a number of leading Turkish investors had already made investments in Pakistan, and assured full cooperation by his government to pursue their projects.
He said given the growing energy needs and high global energy prices, Pakistan direly needed improvement in its energy sector and emphasized that the Turkish investment would be a win-win situation.
He said Pakistan could benefit from Turkey’s expertise in building and managing dams for water conservation.
Giving an overview of the economic and investment opportunities in Pakistan, the prime minister highlighted his focus on energy, housing, textiles, infrastructure development, agro-based industry, and oil and gas sectors.
He said Pakistan-Turkey relations are built on unbreakable bonds of love, affection, and respect as the two countries shared a history, century-old tradition, and common aspirations.
He mentioned that the two nations always stood with each other at all times, and added that their relations were marked by extreme cordiality and exceptional mutual trust.
PM Sharif said Pakistan and Turkey must engage with renewed resolve and commitment to building upon this solid foundation, to take this relationship to new heights, particularly in the vital fields of commercial, economic, and investment cooperation.
He also emphasized that Turkish textile companies could explore the sector for joint ventures, especially for intra-industry trade as well as becoming partners in regional and global value chains.
He also invited the Turkish firms relating to the agro-industrial sector and dairy farming and said ample opportunities existed in these sectors.
The prime minister stressed that Pakistani and Turkish companies could also work together in the oil and gas sector. They could collaborate not only in exploration and production but in building refineries and pipelines, he said.
Shehbaz Sharif highlighted the priorities of his government, saying that addressing the challenges of industrial sustainability, particularly in view of the global fourth industrial revolution was significant.
He said Pakistan with its huge youth bulge could undergo remarkable progress and development in various sectors of public importance.
Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Minister for Commerce and Investment Syed Naveed Qamar, and Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb were present.
On the other hand, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday highlighted the convergence between the two countries on a range of regional and international issues and stressed the need for continued close coordination.
The prime minister expressed these views in a meeting with Foreign Minister of the Republic of Turkey Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, in Ankara.
While receiving the Turkish Foreign Minister, the Prime Minister noted that the bilateral relations were exceptionally warm as the people of the two countries shared special bonds that dated back centuries.
He recalled the support extended by the two countries to each other in times of need.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif deeply lauded the personal contribution of the Turkish Foreign Minister in advancing bilateral relations and for playing an important role in strengthening existing institutional mechanisms of cooperation between the two countries.
In this context, the importance of the 7th session of the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC) was highlighted and the substantive preparations for it were reviewed.
Courtesy Bol News