Pak-Turk ties transformed into mutually beneficial strategic partnership: FM

Pak-Turk ties transformed into mutually beneficial strategic partnership: FM

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Tuesday said over the years, Pakistan-Turkey relations had been transformed into a mutually beneficial strategic partnership.

The Foreign Minister was talking to Mevlut Cavusoglu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Republic of Turkey, who phoned him to congratulate on the recent election victory of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Mevlut Cavusoglu also extended his felicitations to the Foreign Minister on his taking charge of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  

Qureshi expressed his keen desire to work closely with his Turkish counterpart to expand bilateral cooperation in all areas, particularly in trade and economic sector. He said Pakistan and Turkey would also continue to play a coordinated role to promote peace and stability in the region.

Cavusoglu expressed strong desire of the Government of Turkey to strengthen the existing close and friendly relations between the two countries. Pakistan and Turkey enjoyed exemplary fraternal relations based on common faith, values, culture, civilizational linkages, history, mutual trust and support, he added.

He also conveyed the best wishes of the people of Turkey for the continued peace, progress and prosperity of the Pakistani people in guidance of the new visionary leadership in the country.

Foreign Minister Qureshi also briefed Cavusoglu about the strong resentment in Pakistan, like the rest of the Islamic World, on the news of an international competition on the caricatures of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) being organized in Holland. Both leaders agreed to raise the issue with the Dutch government with one voice, under the banner of the OIC. 

Reiterating Turkey’s desire to promote peace in the region, the Turkish Foreign Minister offered to host the trilateral Afghanistan-Pakistan-Turkey Summit in the near future.

Pakistan would soon host the next round of High Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC) at the leadership level.

Both leaders also agreed to meet on the sidelines of the UNGA session in New York.

Foreign Minister Qureshi extended an invitation to his Turkish counterpart to visit Pakistan which he accepted.

APP