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PM satisfy over growing Pak-Turkey economic collaboration

23 March, 2016

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday expressed satisfaction over the growing Pakistan-Turkey economic collaboration.

He was speaking with Turkish Economy Minister Mustafa Elitas, who called on him at the Prime Minister’s House. Congratulating Elitas on his recent appointment as minister for economy, the prime minister expressed hope that his visit would contribute substantially to promoting bilateral trade and economic ties between the two brotherly countries. He said the people and government of Pakistan were deeply saddened at the grievous losses Turkey had suffered from terrorism in the recent past, according to press release issued by the PM’s Office here. While reaffirming Pakistan’s strong solidarity with the people and government of Turkey, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif stated that terrorism is a common threat and must be combated with collective efforts.

“Fighting terrorism is not a choice, but it is imperative for us as well as the global community,” stressed the prime minister. “We have no doubt that the brotherly people of Turkey will decisively defeat the scourge of terrorism with their strong resolve and determination,” expressed the prime minister. He also appreciated the steadfast support that Pakistan has received from Turkey in its struggle against terrorism. Highlighting the significance Pakistani and Turkish leadership’s shared vision of transforming the traditionally cordial bilateral ties into a robust economic partnership, Nawaz expressed satisfaction over the growing Pakistan-Turkey economic collaboration.

Free Trade Agreement between Pakistan and Turkey is in final stages and the Ministry of Commerce has been directed to complete negotiations by September this year, the prime minister said. He said Pakistan deeply appreciates Turkish government’s efforts encouraging Turkish companies to participate in energy and infrastructure projects in Pakistan. The prime minister stated that Turkish support in energy, transportation, low-cost housing, and SME development in Punjab is taking our relations to new heights.

Mustafa Elitas thanked the prime minister for reaffirmation of solidarity with the people and government of Turkey at this critical moment. The Turkish minister said that there is significant potential for translating the traditional and brotherly relations between Pakistan and Turkey into strong trade relationship.

He lauded various initiatives taken by the present government under the leadership of the prime minister for the revival of the economy, infrastructure development and achieving energy self-sufficiency in the country, and improving the standard of living of the people.

The Turkish delegation included Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan Sadik Babur Girgin, Deputy Undersecretary Husnu Dilemre, Adviser to Minister Ahmed Cuneyt Darein and others. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan, SAPM Tariq Fatemi, Secretary to the Prime Minister Fawad Hasan Fawad and Consul General of Pakistan in Istanbul Dr Yousaf Junaid were also present during the meeting.

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