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Pakistan committed to expand cooperation with Turkiye: PM

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has reaffirmed Pakistan’s firm commitment to further expand bilateral cooperation between Pakistan and Türkiye in all areas of mutual interest, including trade, investment, technology and defence.

He was talking to Turkiye Minister of Foreign Affairs Hakan Fidan, who called on him, in Islamabad today.

The Prime Minister said the current level of bilateral trade is not commensurate with the existing bilateral ties. He emphasized to undertake concerted efforts for achieving the bilateral trade target of five billion dollars in the next three years as already agreed by the leadership of the two brotherly countries.

Shehbaz Sharif invited Turkish companies to further expand their investment portfolio in Pakistan. He said the Turkish companies may consider relocating their industrial units to Pakistan.

While underscoring the special bonds of brotherhood between Pakistan and Türkiye, the Prime Minister expressed satisfaction over the positive momentum in bilateral relationship.

Regional and global developments, particularly the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza, also came under discussion. The Prime Minister appreciated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s staunch advocacy for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and lasting peace in Middle East.

He stressed the urgency and importance of realization of the two-state solution as the key to attainment of durable peace in the Middle East.

Shehbaz Sharif also reiterated his cordial invitation to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to undertake an early official visit to Pakistan for co-chairing with Prime Minister the 7th meeting of High Level Strategic Cooperation Council.

Both sides reaffirmed their strong and abiding support to each other on the core issues of national interest.

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