14th September, 2018 (MLN): Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday met for a joint press conference where they laid emphasis on better trade ties between the two countries.
The meeting focused on enhancing economic relations and the ways the two countries could facilitate each other.
The two diplomats also discussed mutual interests and defence ties and exchanged views on how to prioritise their agreements and to fast-track the implementation of the projects.
“We will instruct the Turkish companies to invest in Pakistan. Defense cooperation is on top of our bilateral relations and we are talking about the exchange of helicopters as well,” said the Turkish envoy.
Pakistan recently bought 30 T-129 attack helicopters from Turkey to replace its ageing fleet of US-made AH-1 Cobras. The defence deal is the largest ever signed between the two countries.
The Turkish envoy arrived in Islamabad earlier on a two-day official visit. The two delegations also discussed regional and international developments.
Turkish Foreign Minister acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan’s contributions for conflict prevention in the region and also pledged to keep working for better relations between the two countries.
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