Islamabad, 14 June 2022 (TDI): Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan, Ihsan Mustafa Yurdakul, met with Chief of Pakistan Air Force Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu at the Air Headquarters.

Both the dignitaries discussed various matters of mutual interest between Pakistan and Turkiye.

Ambassador Yurdakul commended PAF’s professionalism. He said the people of both countries were entwined in the long-lasting bond of brotherhood complemented by common religion, culture, and history.

Furthermore, Pakistan’s air chief said Turkiye was one of the few countries that had always unequivocally supported Pakistan. The air chief added that the air forces of both countries would continue mutual cooperation in every field.

Pakistan – Turikye relation

The two states established their relations in 1947 immediately after the independence of Pakistan. Turkey recognized Pakistan as a sovereign state on the forum of the United Nations and also started to help politically and financially to stabilize this Muslim
brother country.

This is one of the main reasons behind the strong Pak-Turkish affinity from day one. Advancing close ties of friendship in the context of the identical foreign policy interests, they signed an accord of collaboration on 2nd April 1954

Pak-Turkiye economic relations are developing with time. Both countries are founding members of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO). They are also members of the Developing 8 (D8) as well as the founding members of the Organization of Islamic
Cooperation (OIC).

They have endorsed several MoUs and agreements to strengthen bilateral economic relations, which included the Free Trade Agreement (1965), Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (1976), Prevention of Double Taxation Agreement (1988), and Reciprocal Promotion and Protection of Investments Agreement(1997)

According to the Agreement of1976, both states founded the Turkiye-Pakistan Joint Economic Committee Mechanism. Since then, both countries have remained involved in several agreements in Ankara and Islamabad intending to grow bilateral economic and commercial relations for the countries’ better future.