Islamabad, August 02, 2016 (PPI-OT):I would like to extend a very warm welcome to H.E. Mr. Mevlut Cavusoglu and his delegation to Pakistan. It is always a pleasure to meet our Turkish brethren as each meeting reinforces our resolve to further deepen our ties and also leads to greater convergence in our respective worldviews.
I would also like to take this opportunity to convey our congratulations to the people of Turkey on the successful campaign to defeat the coup attempt on 15 July 2016. The Turkish people coming out on the streets against the coup-plotters was a sight to behold and was rightly celebrated the world over as a victory for democracy and liberty over dictatorship and autocracy. I would also like to reiterate Pakistan’s unequivocal support for a democratic, peaceful and stable Turkey under the dynamic leadership of President Erdogan.
The Government, as well as the people of Pakistan, stand in unshakeable solidarity with our Turkish brethren and express our condolences over the loss of precious lives in the recent spate of terror attacks in Turkey. However, it is a matter of satisfaction that both Pakistan and Turkey continue to tackle terrorism head-on with decisive resolve to defeat this curse.
In our deliberations today, we reviewed the entire spectrum of bilateral relations and issues of global and regional importance. We have agreed to transform our traditionally warm and cordial ties into an enduring strategic and economic partnership in line with the vision of our leaders. We shall, therefore, further intensify our engagement at all levels to realize this cherished goal. We consider early signing of the Free Trade Agreement between Pakistan and Turkey as an important milestone in our bilateral relations and would greatly expand trade between the two countries.
Foreign Minister Cavusoglu visited Pakistan last December for the Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process ministerial meeting held in Istanbul on 9 December 2015. He was very pleased with the outcomes. Today we held an in-depth exchange of views on the situation in Afghanistan and the need for a lasting political solution, which is crucial for the peace and stability of our region.
We share similar views on the migration crisis and the plight of Syrian refugees whom Turkey has very generously embraced to avert a major potential humanitarian catastrophe. Pakistan and Turkey host the largest refugee populations in the world. We believe that the developed countries need to be more forthcoming in addressing the migration crisis in order to avoid disproportionally putting the burden on the developing countries.
I have no doubt that Pakistan-Turkey relations would continue to grow from strength to strength, serving as a powerful factor for stability and prosperity in the region and beyond. We reaffirm our resolve to carry our excellent bilateral cooperation forward and to work together for the mutual benefit of our people.
I thank you all.
Long live Pakistan-Turkey friendship.
For more information, contact:
Mr. Aizaz Ahmad Ch
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Government of Pakistan