RAWALPINDI (APP) – Foreign Minister of Turkey, Mevlut Cavusoglu called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the General Headquarters (GHQ) on Friday, said a statement issued here by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
Focus of the discussion remained on Pakistan and Turkey relations, regional security including evolving situation in the Middle East, management of defence and security cooperation between both the countries.
Turkish Foreign Minister acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan’s contributions for conflict prevention in the region and also pledged to keep working for better relations between the two brotherly countries.
Pakistan and Turkey have agreed to further bolster their trade, economic, investment and defense relations.
The understanding came during talks between both the countries in Islamabad on Friday in which Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi represented Pakistani side while the Turkish side by its Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
Addressing a joint news conference with the Turkish counterpart, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the meeting also provided an opportunity to discuss the progress on Free Trade Agreement.
In his remarks on the occasion, the Turkish FM termed the friendship of both the countries ‘everlasting’ while saying that Pakistan is his second home.
Describing talks with Shah Mahmood Qureshi as fruitful, he declared that they have agreed to further strengthen their relations. He said his country will encourage the Turkish companies to invest in different sectors in Pakistan. The Turkish Foreign Minister added that they also desire to further deepen our defense relations.
Before the conference, delegation level talks were also held between the two delegations at the foreign office during which the entire gamut of bilateral relations was discussed.
The Pakistani side was led by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi while the Turkish side by his counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu. The two delagations exchanged views on the ways and means to further promote economic and trade relations.
The two foreign ministers also held a one-on-one meeting.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement that apart from meeting his Pakistani counterpart, he will also call on President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan.
During the meetings, the relations between Turkey and Pakistan will be discussed and views will be exchanged on regional and international developments.
Mevlut Cavusoglu will also extend the message of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Pakistani leadership.