Turkish President Erdogan arrived in Islamabad on Thursday on a two-day journey aimed toward strengthening bilateral strategic partnership and financial ties. He was obtained on the Nur Khan Airbase by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.
In his first official engagement of the go to, the Turkish chief held a gathering with President Arif Alvi, which was adopted by a banquet. President Erdogan and Turkish First Lady Emine Erdoğan had been obtained by President Alvi and his spouse Samina Alvi as they arrived on the Aiwan-i-Sadr.
During their wide-ranging talks, President Alvi prolonged a heat welcome to President Erdogan and expressed satisfaction over the extent of multifaceted engagement between Pakistan and Turkey, in keeping with a press launch issued by the President’s Secretariat.
He stated that the sixth session of the Pakistan-Turkey High Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC) will additional strengthen and broaden relations between the 2 nations.
President Alvi apprised his Turkish counterpart of the “worsening human rights situation” in Indian-occupied Jammu & Kashmir and thanked President Erdogan for his “principled stand” on the problem of Kashmir, the tweets stated.
The two presidents additionally exchanged views on regional and worldwide points, with President Alvi highlighting Pakistan’s efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. He harassed that the world group ought to lengthen its assist in Afghanistan’s post-conflict reconstruction.
According to the press launch, each leaders underlined the importance of the historic bilateral relationship between Pakistan and Turkey in various areas together with politics, financial system, tradition, defence and people-to-people contacts. They underscored the significance of totally realising the potential of this relationship and reworking it right into a “strong and dynamic trade and economic partnership”.
President Alvi and Erdogan additionally agreed that Pakistan and Turkey “must continue to work closely to counter challenges facing the Ummah, including Islamophobia”, the assertion stated.
Turkish president arrives
Earlier within the day, Prime Minister Imran welcomed the Turkish president and his spouse as they disembarked from the airplane on the Nur Khan Airbase.
In what has now develop into a convention for particular overseas visitors, Prime Minister Imran personally drove President Erdogan and the Turkish first girl from the airport to Prime Minister House.
A guard of honour was introduced to the Turkish president by neatly turned-out personnel of the armed forces. Senior cupboard members and authorities officers welcomed the president at Prime Minister House.
Posters welcoming the Turkish president had been put up within the capital forward of his arrival with strict safety in place.
The Foreign Office had introduced that the Turkish president would go to Pakistan from Feb 13 to 14 for underscoring “traditional solidarity and affinity” between the 2 nations.
Erdogan, who’s accompanied on the journey by his cupboard members, senior authorities officers and main Turkish enterprise figures, would co-chair with Prime Minister Imran the sixth session of the HLSCC, deal with a joint session of parliament on Friday for the document fourth time and communicate on the Pakistan-Turkey Business and Investment Forum.
Talking to Anadolu Agency, Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan Mustafa Yurdakul stated that President Erdogan’s go to to Islamabad is a historic occasion and “a major step towards exemplary bilateral ties between the two countries”.
Prime Minister Imran is predicted to ask Turkey to affix the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). He had in an interview with a Turkish newswire stated: “We hope to involve them in using CPEC for further connectivity, and we hope to involve Turkey in this [CPEC]”.
According to Radio Pakistan, the Turkish ambassador stated CPEC is sort of accomplished and that Turkey is curious about turning into part of particular financial zones which will likely be established below the undertaking.
The prime minister desires Turkish companies to spend money on Pakistan’s mining sector and have interaction in know-how switch tasks.
About the proposals for selling financial ties, the FO stated: “Both sides place a strong emphasis on forging a robust economic relationship.”
Turkey and Pakistan are anticipated to signal quite a lot of vital agreements/memorandums of understanding to formalise a number of the understandings that might be reached throughout the HLSCC assembly.
The HLSCC is the highest-level decision-making discussion board that gives strategic course to the ties. There are seven joint working teams below the HLSCC engaged on political coordination, commerce and funding, power, banking and finance, transport and communications, tradition and tourism, and training.
HLSCC conferences are held alternatively in Islamabad and Ankara.
PML-N President and opposition chief Shehbaz Sharif, who’s at present in London, welcomed Erdogan to Pakistan and prolonged needs on behalf of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and the opposition.
“President Erdogan represents the honour and courage of the Muslim Ummah,” Shehbaz stated in an announcement, including that the Pakistani persons are grateful to the Turkish chief for elevating his voice towards Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir.