Pakistan-Turkey to have close cooperation in counter-terrorism: PM Binali Yildrim

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Pakistan-Turkey to have close cooperation in counter-terrorism: PM Binali Yildrim

ANKARA: (APP) Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildrim on Thursday said both Pakistan and Turkey were facing the threat of terrorism and expressed the commitment for close cooperation to fight menace for region's peace.

In a joint press stake-out following the co-chairing of 5th High Level Strategic Cooperation Council meeting, the two prime ministers expressed resolve to take strict action against terrorism and extremism within their countries.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif emphasized that "Turkey's enemies are Pakistan's enemies" and re-affirmed Pakistan's commitment to stand with Turkey in its fight against terrorism.

He expressed the confidence that Turkish leadership would effectively eliminate all threats of terrorism and would march to peace and prosperity under the guidance of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

He said Pakistan was currently facing the challenge of terrorism and mentioned the recent terror attack at the Sufi shrine, which was a symbol of peace. However, he said efforts would continue against terrorism in all its forms.

Turkish Prime Minister Yildrim said Turkey was making contribution to regional stability despite being a target to terrorism.

He suggested that Pakistan and Turkey should have highest level of cooperation in counter-terrorism.

The Turkish Prime Minister said Pakistan had a key role in the region and was making progress in many areas despite confronting a number of challenges.

He said Turkey would continue to step up its cooperation with Pakistan, a country, which, he said had a very bright future.