Nawaz wants Pak-Turkey to expand trade, investment

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a one-on-one bilateral meeting at Nur Khan airbase in Islamabad on Saturday evening as the latter made a brief stopover in Pakistan on his return from Indonesia.

They discussed the enhancement of bilateral relations between Pakistan and Turkey, in addition to deliberations on global and international issues of mutual interest.

Nawaz expressed his desire for Pakistan and Turkey to work together in increasing the volume of bilateral trade and investment through trade agreements and other measures.

The premier appreciated Turkish technical participation in various development projects in Pakistan over past couple of years,further appreciating the personal contribution of the Turkish President to the growth and expansion of Pak-Turkey relations.

The Turkish President expressed his hope that mutual cooperation between the two countries increases in the future.

Earlier Erdogan was accorded a red carpet welcome as he landed at Nur Khan airbase along with his spouse and delegation.

The delegation was received by the prime minister accompanied by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Special Assistant to PM Tariq Fatemi, Maryam Nawaz and Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry.

Clad in traditional dresses, a boy and a girl presented bouquets to Erdogan. He was presented a salute by the static guards of the Pakistan Air Force.

Later, Nawaz also hosted a dinner for the visiting delegation.

The Turkish president departed after completing a two hour visit.

This was Erdogan’s first visit to Islamabad after being elected as President of Turkey. Earlier, he had visited Lahore and Islamabad in December 2013 as the Prime Minister of Turkey. Overall, this was his seventh visit to Pakistan in last 10 years.

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