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Pakistan, Turkey entered into robust economic partnership: PM Nawaz

ISLAMABAD, March 22 (DNA): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that

Pakistani and Turkish leadership share vision of transforming the
traditionally cordial bilateral ties into a robust economic
partnership. He was talking to Turkish Minister of Economy Mustafa Elitas in
Islamabad on Tuesday.

Congratulating the Minister on his recent appointment as Minister for
Economy, the Prime Minister expressed hope that Mr. Elitas’ visit
would contribute substantially to promoting bilateral trade and
economic ties between the two brotherly countries.

The Prime Minister said that the people and government of Pakistan are
deeply saddened at the grievous losses Turkey has suffered from
terrorism in the recent past. While reaffirming Pakistan’s strong
solidarity with the people and government of Turkey, Prime Minister
Muhammad Nawaz Sharif stated that terrorism is a common threat and
must be combated with collective efforts.

“Fighting terrorism is not a choice, but it is imperative for us as
well as the global community,” stressed the Prime Minister. “We have
no doubt that the brotherly people of Turkey will decisively defeat
the scourge of terrorism with their strong resolve and determination,”
expressed the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif also appreciated the steadfast
support that Pakistan has received from Turkey in Pakistan’s struggle
against terrorism.

Highlighting the significance Pakistani and Turkish leadership’s
shared vision of transforming the traditionally cordial bilateral ties
into a robust economic partnership, the Prime Minister expressed
satisfaction over the growing Pakistan-Turkey economic collaboration.

Free Trade Agreement between Pakistan and Turkey is in final stages;
Ministry of Commerce has been directed to complete negotiations by
September this year, the Prime Minister said. Pakistan deeply
appreciates Turkish Government’s efforts encouraging Turkish companies
to participate in energy and infrastructure projects in Pakistan, said
the Prime Minister.

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