Pakistan, Turkey agree to boost cooperation

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 23 (ANI): Pakistan and Turkey on Thursday reaffirmed their commitment to continue to transform their special relationship into a strong strategic partnership. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who co-chaired the 5th meeting of the High Level Strategic Cooperation Council with and his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim in Ankara today said that the two sides agreed to forge cooperation in diverse fields including political, economic, defence, investment, energy, development, security, communication, education, culture and tourism. According to Radio Pakistan, while speaking at a joint conference, Sharif hoped that the Turkish private sector would take benefit of vast opportunities in Pakistan. He said as Pakistan and Turkey celebrate 70th anniversary of their diplomatic relations this year, they would further intensify and enrich their people to people exchanges. Prime Minister Sharif said he also apprised his Turkish counterpart of the security environment in the region and Pakistan's endeavours for peace, stability and economic development. He said he also conveyed Pakistan's deep gratitude to Turkey for its consistent support on Kashmir dispute. Pakistan side reaffirmed its abiding support for Turkish position on Cyprus. Sharif said Pakistan remains committed to pursuing cooperative ties with India and Afghanistan as part of its vision of peaceful neighbourhood. He said Pakistan and Turkey have shared concern over attempts to link Islam and terrorism and resolved to intensified their joint endeavours to combat growing Islamophobia. The Prime Minister emphasized that Turkey's enemies are Pakistan's enemies. On Thursday, the Prime Minister also visited Turkish Parliament. (ANI)