2022 A Maiden Visit To Turkey By Muhammad Zahid Rifat


Each Pakistan and Turkey have loved good relations for many years. They’re comparable of their views on problems with regional and worldwide significance and are key members of the Islamic world. Turkey has lengthy supported the Kashmiris’ proper to self-determination as properly. The present financial state of affairs prevailing in Pakistan requires in search of friendship with numerous nations.

Pakistan and Turkey’s heat, honest and brotherly relations have been duly highlighted, promoted and strengthened when Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, together with a delegation, paid a three-day lengthy go to to Ankara on the invitation of Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. They have been met with a heat and enthusiastic reception.
It was an vital historic go to, the success of which shall be recognized sooner or later of time after the agreements, memorandum of understanding (MOUs) and protocols signed in numerous sectors for enhancing financial cooperation, commerce and boosting bilateral relations begin bearing fruit and materialising. It was good that the highest management of each brotherly nations had exchanged views on selling bilateral ties, regional and worldwide points and pledged to take the mutual relations to new heights by infusing new vigor in cooperation.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan thanked Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif for visiting Turkey in a Tweet and mentioned that Turkey was ready to additional develop relations within the gentle of two nations with a shared historical past. Each need to increase commerce which has already surpassed $1 billion for the primary time since 2011.

On the primary day of go to, PM Shehbaz Sharif whereas interacting with main businessmen, merchants and buyers fairly rightly and justifiably identified that the closeness within the relations of Pakistan and Turkey was one way or the other not mirrored of their commerce relations. He expressed the ardent want that the amount of commerce between the 2 nations ought to go up. In all equity, there isn’t a doubt that each the nations definitely have nice potential for selling commerce and financial relations. Extra importantly, the PM held a one on one assembly with host President Erdogan, adopted by discussions on the delegation-level. Afterwards, the 2 leaders had additionally signed numerous agreements and MoUs for enhancing cooperation.

In addition they addressed a joint press convention throughout which they spoke about what they’d deliberated between themselves and the agreements reached for selling present relations in numerous sectors and fields between the 2 nations.

The Prime Minister described his assembly with President Erdogan as very productive, additional expressing the hope that the bilateral ties between the 2 nations would scale new heights underneath the dynamic management of the Turkish President.

Unnecessary to say right here that Turkey has made exponential progress within the subject of hydropower era and renewable vitality and Pakistan can profit from its wealthy expertise on this regard. Turkey’s assist and cooperation when it comes to worthwhile funding by the Turkish firms would absolutely assist Pakistan within the manufacturing of low value vitality to the customers.

Pakistan and Turkey are additionally partnering with one another within the defence sector. Launching the MILGEM-class ship PNS Badar in Karachi was a shining instance of the wonderful cooperation between the 2 nations. Fairly clearly, each the nations are decided not solely to proceed their mutual cooperation but additionally additional improve with the passage of time.

As briefly talked about above, Turkey has all alongside been supporting the Kashmiris wrestle for his or her delivery proper of self-determination. President Erdogan emphatically reiterated that the Kashmir challenge have to be resolved in accordance with the UN Safety resolutions. PM Sharif thanked President Erdogan over Turkey’s unflinching assist to Pakistan over the Kashmir challenge.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif availed the chance to reiterate Pakistan’s principled stance on Kashmir and is reported to have mentioned that the Kashmiris have been struggling for his or her reputable proper and have been subjected to Indian brutalities and atrocities for greater than seven many years. The Indian authorities was making an attempt to incur demographic modifications within the area as properly. He fairly emphatically reiterated by saying that Pakistan wouldn’t abandon its quest for peace and was satisfied that sturdy peace and safety within the area was solely doable if the lengthy standing challenge of Kashmir challenge was resolved in accordance with United Nations Safety Council resolutions.

It’s also value mentioning right here that Pakistan has additionally advised the Turkish management that it helps Turkey over Northern Cyprus and stands with it in its struggle in opposition to terrorism as enemies of Turkey are the enemies of Pakistan.

High management of the 2 nations will fairly expectedly be assembly in Islamabad when the seventh Excessive-Degree Strategic Cooperation Council is held in September this yr.​


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