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PM Imran, Turkish FM discuss Bilateral, Regional Affairs

ISLAMABAD, JAN 13 – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu Wednesday called on Prime Minister Imran Khan here and discussed bilateral, regional and international matters.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, while reaffirming the exceptional nature of Pakistan-Turkey political relationship, stressed the importance of transforming it into a robust economic partnership.

The bilateral ties were discussed here in a meeting between the prime minister and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu who called him, a PM Office press release said.

During the meeting, they discussed Pakistan-Turkey bilateral relations and regional and international issues. The two sides reaffirmed their shared resolve to further upgrade trade, investment, defence, educational and cultural cooperation.

The prime minister thanked Turkey for its steadfast support on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute and highlighted the detrimental Indian actions posing a threat to peace and security. In the regional context, the prime minister underscored the importance Pakistan attached to a peaceful solution of the conflict in Afghanistan

In this regard, he highlighted Pakistan’s positive contribution to Afghan peace process and the imperative for all Afghan stakeholders to work for bringing down violence leading to ceasefire and securing an inclusive and broad-based political settlement.

Imran Khan emphasized the importance of working to combat Islamophobia and promote better understanding of the reverence Muslims have for the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

It was agreed to maintain high-level exchanges and further build Pakistan-Turkey strategic relationship to the mutual benefit of the two countries and peoples.

The Turkish foreign minister is visiting Pakistan mainly to be part of second Pakistan-Turkey-Azerbaijan Trilateral Meeting being held on the day for what Azeri Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov is in the town.

Earlier, the visiting foreign minister also called on President Arif Alvi who also conferred on him Hilal-i-Pakistan, the second highest civil award of Pakistan to recognize his contribution and services to strengthen bilateral relations.

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