PM Shahbaz, Erdogan reaffirm to upgrade bilateral ties to new heights
Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has renewed their pledge to upgrade the excellent bilateral ties between the two brotherly countries to new heights by infusing new vigour of bilateral cooperation in diverse fields.
Addressing a joint press conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Prime Minister said that we are celebrating the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Turkey this year and under the dynamic and visionary leadership of Tayyip Erdogan, relations between the two countries have reached new heights.
Premier said that our country has been a part of comprehensive dialogue in the meetings of the High Level Strategic Cooperation Council and it has proved to be very important in our quest for common interests and Tayyip Erdogan has hinted at holding the next high-level meeting in Islamabad in September, for which I am grateful.
He further said that a strong trade delegation would also visit Pakistan in June and our team would make full preparations in this regard so that they could get full results from it.
Shahbaz Sharif stated that Turkey can develop in Pakistan in innumerable fields like e-commerce, tourism, infrastructure, education, development and we are very happy to get help from Turkey in terms of hydropower energy production and renewable energy which have agreed to invest in Pakistan, our Turkish brothers will get a lot of profit from it and we will be able to get cheap energy.
He further said that Pakistan and Turkey are natural partners, we have many challenges and opportunities in common, and the two countries have stood together in difficult times and in projects of mutual interest, especially on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir, adding that, “The people of Pakistan especially appreciate your continued support on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir.”
He said that Turkey’s unwavering support had given a lot of strength to the brave people of Kashmir who have been facing the worst human rights violations for the last seven decades.
“I want to make President Tayyip Erdogan aware of the dangers posed to peace and stability in the region by Indian initiatives, especially efforts to change the demographic structure of occupied Jammu and Kashmir,” Premier said.
“Pakistan will not give up its efforts for peace but we believe that lasting peace in South Asia can be achieved only if the Jammu and Kashmir dispute is resolved through UN Security Council resolutions and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people,” he said. According to him, Pakistan will continue to support them in this regard.
The Prime Minister said that Pakistan stands by Turkey in the fight against terrorism especially with regard to the threats posed by Feto and PKK, adding that, “Turkey’s enemies are Pakistan’s enemies.”
“Pakistan and Turkey have worked together for the common goal of a peaceful and stable Afghanistan. The two countries hosted the largest refugee population in the world and we did so with our limited resources,” he said.
He said that the emotional bond between the two countries transcends traditional state relations and diplomatic virtues. Living in the depths and having an inseparable bond, it is unique in that it connects us to every level, our states, our governments, our institutions, our armed forces and, above all, our people.
At the end of the press conference, the Prime Minister also invited the Turkish President to visit Pakistan.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that during his meeting with Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, they discussed in detail regional and international issues and reiterated the need to expand the scope of bilateral relations.
He said that a high level meeting would be held in Islamabad in September which would provide an opportunity to the two countries to further enhance their fraternal relations.
President Erdogan vowed to further strengthen the close friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
Earlier, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif arrived at the Turkish Presidential Palace, where he was warmly welcomed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and a formal reception was held at the Turkish Presidency.
National anthems of Pakistan and Turkey were played on the occasion and a guard of honor was presented to the Prime Minister.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif introduced the members of their respective delegations, after which the two leaders met one-on-one.