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PM Imran, Erdogan Hold Joint Press Conference In Ankara

Ankara (January 04, 2019):Prime Minister Imran Khan and Turkish President held a joint press conference on Friday in Ankara. 

Addressing a joint press conference with Turkish President Reccep Tayyap Erdogan in Ankara, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that Pakistan was expecting cooperation from Turkey in various fields including economy.

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“We will take [bilateral] relations to higher level and learn from Turkish innovations.” PM Imran, who is on a two-day visit to Turkey, said Pakistan must also learn from Turkey’s healthcare system.

“We face mutual problems and security threats,” said the Pakistani premier, adding that Ankara and Islamabad will play their part in bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan. He said an Afghanistan summit will soon be held in Istanbul.

Commenting on ties with India, PM Imran said Kashmir issue was the main hurdle in peace between the two South Asian nations.Speaking at the press conference, Erdogan welcomed a decision by top Pakistani court declaring FETO (Gulen movement) a “terrorist organization.”

“Pakistan and Turkey have strong bilateral ties,” Erdogan said, welcoming Khan and his delegation.

The Turkish president also expressed hope for the resolution of issues facing Pakistan, Turkey and Afghanistan through a trilateral summit.

“The trilateral summit between Turkey, Afghanistan and Pakistan will help solve many problems facing these countries,” he said. “Turkey will continue to be in solidarity with Pakistan”

Erdogan further said, “We express our happiness with Pakistan’s Supreme Court’s decision to declare FETO a terror organisation.“Pakistan and Turkey have brotherly ties,” Erdogan said, adding that Prime Minister Imran Khan had struggled hard for a change in Pakistan.

Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a meeting in Ankara on Friday.

The two leaders discussed bilateral relations besides regional and international issues of mutual interests.

A delegation led by the Turkish Minister of Health Dr. Fahrettin Koca that included health sector entrepreneurs called on the Prime Minister Imran Khan. Prospects of collaboration in health sector were discussed.

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Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan assured the Business community that their investments will be fully protected in Pakistan.

Addressing Business Community in Ankara on Friday, he said the process has been started to remove impediments in the way of investment in the country. He said we have set up an office at the PM Secretariat to make it easier for the investors to invest in Pakistan.

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Imran Khan pointed out that our exports remained stagnant due to flawed policies. He said the present government will now actively promote exports and fully facilitate the investors in order to create job opportunities for the youth. He assured the Turkish businessmen that their concerns will be addressed after mutual consultations.

The Prime Minister said our main concern is to take people out of poverty and this will be done by promoting wealth creation.

He said we also want to eradicate corruption which will help flourish investment especially in the small and medium enterprises.Meanwhile, Turkish delegation representing health sector called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in Ankara today and discussed prospects of collaboration in health sector including capacity building, experience sharing, technology transfer and investment.

The Turkish delegation was led by its Health Minister Dr. Fahrettin Koja.

Earlier, a Turkish delegation of investors in agro based industry led by Turkish Minister for Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in Ankara.

Prospects of collaboration in food processing, dairy sector and food chain management were discussed during the meeting.Mustafa Kamal epitome of courage, resilience, forbearance & wisdom: PM

Prime Minister Imran Khan visited the Mausoleum of Ghazi Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in Ankara on Friday.

He laid floral wreath at the grave and noted his remarks in the Golden Book.

In his remarks in the Golden Book, the Prime Minister wrote that it was an honour for him to pay homage to one of the greatest statesman and visionary leader of the 20th century-Ghazi Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

He said Mustafa Kamal was an epitome of courage, strength, resilience, forbearance and wisdom.Imran Khan said Mustafa Kamal led the Turkish nation at one of the most challenging times and changed the course of Turkish and indeed the world history, becoming an inspiration for all those resisting the tide of colonialism across the world

He said Quiad-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the Founder of Pakistan, described Ghazi Mustafa Kemal Ataturk as one of the greatest men that ever lived.

He conveyed his deepest admiration and respect for Ghazi Mustafa Kemal Ataturk on behalf of the Government and people of Pakistan.

The Prime Minister said Mustafa Kamal`s glorious struggle and leadership for the independence and unity of the Turkish nation will forever remain a golden chapter in the annals of history.Prime Minister Imran Khan and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan together offered friday prayer in Ankara on Friday.

Pakistan, Turkey reaffirm commitment to continue efforts for Afghan peace
Pakistan and Turkey have reaffirmed their commitment to continue joint efforts for peaceful resolution of Afghan issue.

The resolve was expressed during meeting between Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavasoglu in Ankara on Friday.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi briefed the Turkish Foreign Minister about his recent regional outreach to important neighbors of Afghanistan for promoting ties within the region and for peace in Afghanistan.

He noted with satisfaction that there is convergence of views between Pakistan and Turkey on important regional and international issues including Kashmir and Afghanistan.Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the relations between the two countries are not limited to the two governments but extend beyond the horizons of culture, religion and love among the two peoples.

Speaking on the occasion the Turkish Foreign Minister said Pakistan has central role to play in peace and stability in Afghanistan and Turkey acknowledges the efforts of Pakistan towards this end.

During the meeting bilateral relations, promotion of trade and investment and other regional and international issues were also discussed.

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