Published: Sun, January 06, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Pakistan's Imran Khan Meets with Turkey's Erdogan

Pakistan's Imran Khan Meets with Turkey's Erdogan

The top leadership of both countries is expected to communicate on regional and worldwide issues including Kashmir dispute and peace talks in Afghanistan.

Earlier in the day, the prime minister met with a delegation of the Turkey-Pakistan Business Council of the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey.

After Friday prayers, PM Imran will be given a reception by the Turkish president and hold a one-on-one meeting.

"It is Pakistan's genuine desire that peace returns to Afghanistan as it will allow the return of Afghan refugees from Pakistan and beginning of an era of prosperity and normalcy in the region", he said. Prospects of collaboration in the health sector were discussed. This is the first time that such an ambition plan had been undertaken in Pakistan, he said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan together offered Friday prayer in Ankara on Friday.

Pakistan is already helping dialogue between the Taliban and Americans.

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The trilateral summit will be called as soon as Turkish local elections are concluded in March, the report said. Prime Minister Imran assured the Turkish leadership of Pakistan's full support in defeating the Islamic State.

"Those agreements we sign for Attack and Tactical Reconnaissance (ATAK) helicopters and corvettes are only the beginning of defense industry cooperation between the two countries", the ambassador added.

He cited the China model which brought out 700 million people out of poverty within 30 years just because they had allowed wealth creation. His delegation includes Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Asad Umar and Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Khusro Bakhtiar.

The policy, Imran said, was discarded in the 1980s but its influence on bureaucracy and politicians remained.

The prime minister reiterated his government's resolve to eradicate corruption which had made it hard for Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to flourish and genuine entrepreneurs to prosper. "We do want to have a great relationship with, I look forward to meeting with the new leadership in Pakistan". According to Foreign Office, Qureshi appraised Turkish foreign minister of Pakistan's efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. He enphasised that Pakistan was on its way to strengthening its system of governance. The PM will also address a business forum at Ankara on his visit and meet investors.

To pay homage to Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi, the prime minister and his delegation visited the great Sufi saint's mausoleum.

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