Published: 12:11, May 21, 2024
Pakistan, Türkiye agree to enhance cooperation in trade, investment, defense
By Xinhua
This combo photo made on May 21, 2024 shows Pakistan's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar (right) and Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan. (PHOTOS / AP)

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and Türkiye agreed on Monday to enhance bilateral strategic cooperation in multiple fields, including trade, investment, connectivity, and defense.

Following delegation-level talks, Pakistan's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar addressed a joint press conference alongside visiting Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan saying that the two sides had reviewed progress on bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on regional and international matters of mutual interest.

Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan hailed Pakistan's sacrifices in the fight against terrorism, saying that the two countries' cooperation had been playing a significant role in regional stability

"We have decided to take measures to increase our trade to $5 billion," said Dar, adding that the countries' teamwork in different fields constituted the basis of their ongoing bilateral cooperation.

"We are planning to hold the next session of the Pakistan-Türkiye High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council meeting in Islamabad in the near future, which will conduct a comprehensive review of our ongoing cooperation, including a holistic review of our bilateral strategic economic framework," said Dar.

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"Pakistan and Türkiye are working on various joint ventures that can continue to support each other in defending our territorial sovereignty and fighting against terrorism," added Dar.

On the occasion, Fidan hailed Pakistan's sacrifices in the fight against terrorism, saying that the two countries' cooperation had been playing a significant role in regional stability.

"We have discussed all aspects of our bilateral relations and identified steps to further enhance our strategic cooperation, including increasing the volume of bilateral trade," said Fidan.

Fidan added that a principled decision was made during the meeting to broaden and strengthen relations not only in trade but also in defense, investment, banking, science, technology, and innovation.