PM Shahbaz to leave for 3-day Turkey visit today
Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif will leave for a 3-day visit to Turkey today (Tuesday). The visit is part of efforts to renew bilateral relations with Pakistan’s trusted friends and brotherly countries.
The two leaders will also address a joint press conference and also the heads of well-known Turkish companies will meet Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, sources said.
During his visit, Premier will meet Turkish businessmen, visit the mausoleum of the founder of the Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and mark the completion of 75 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The Turkish President will also host a dinner in honor of the Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif while appreciating the exemplary relations between Pakistan and Turkey said that Pakistan and Turkey have always stood by each other for the last 75 years and the relations between the two countries are beyond political changes.
He expressed these views in an interview with Turkish media Anadolu Agency before his three-day visit to Turkey.
Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari arrived in Ankara yesterday where he was received by Ankara Governor Vasip Sahin.
In an interview, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that Pakistan and Turkey have always stood by each other for the last 75 years.
He said that both the countries share similar views on regional and international issues and cooperate closely in bilateral, regional and multilateral forums. He also thanked the Turkish leadership for its principled support on Kashmir issue.
The Prime Minister further said that at a time when relations and cultural ties between the people of the two countries were on the rise, Pakistan was now focusing on enhancing economic cooperation.
He said that the current level of bilateral trade between the two countries is still not a true reflection of the excellent state of our relations, it is an aspect where there are immense opportunities for both the countries.
“During my visit here, I am meeting with leading Turkish business companies to take advantage of the vast opportunities available in Pakistan in various fields, including energy, infrastructure, e-commerce, municipal agro-based industry and IT,” he said.