Turkish FM calls on PM-COAS
15 September, 2018
Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu called on Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday. During the meeting, the prime minister said Pakistan and Turkey had the required potential to forge an even stronger partnership in future. Both the countries have always stood beside each other and will continue to do so, the prime minister said. Cavusoglu reiterated Turkey’s full support to Pakistan government’s future plans to take the country on a rapid course of economic progress.
Ideas covering promotion of bilateral trade and Turkish investment in various sectors including energy sector of Pakistan were also discussed. Both sides reiterated their commitment to continue working closely in various multilateral and international forums, including the United Nations and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.
Cavusoglu also called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the General Headquarters (GHQ).
Focus of the discussion remained on Pakistan and Turkey relations, regional security, including evolving situation in the Middle East, management of defence and security cooperation between both the countries. The 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 countries.
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Cavusoglu also met President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi at the Presidency. The president stressed the need to enhance bilateral trade ties for the benefit of the people of two countries.
Alvi said that relations between the two countries were unique and based on shared values, history, commonality of interests and shared views on wide range of issues. “We hope to host Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan soon in Pakistan.”
Cavusoglu congratulated the president on his assumption of office and conveyed the good wishes of the leadership and the people of Turkey for the newly elected government of Pakistan. He also invited President Dr Arif Alvi to visit Turkey at his earliest convenience.