Ankara, 1 June 2022 (TDI): Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, the Foreign Minister of Turkey hosted the Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto over dinner in Ankara.

Over the course of the meeting, the foreign ministers held detailed discussions on a range of issues and overviewed ongoing cooperation.

Bilawal Bhutto expressed gratitude to his counterpart for his hospitality. Moreover, he proclaimed that the relations between Pakistan and Turkey are based on mutual love between the two peoples.

The Pakistani Foreign Minister highlighted that the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC) and the Strategic Economic Framework (SEF) have proved to be useful mechanisms for enhancing bilateral ties.

He further expressed that Pakistan looked forward to the upcoming session of HLSCC later this year in Turkey. He also noted Turkey’s support for Pakistan on the Kashmir dispute.

In addition, both officials discussed regional and international issues. Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto appreciated Turkey’s efforts for peace and stability in its region and beyond.

He specially mentioned Turkey’s efforts to mediate the conflict in Ukraine and promote dialogue between the warring parties.

Furthermore, he reiterated Pakistan’s stance on Afghanistan. That is, for a continued engagement between the international community and the interim Afghan government for achieving shared objectives of peace and progress in Afghanistan.

The Foreign Minister is part of the delegation to Turkey led by Prime Minister of Pakistan Shehbaz Sharif. It is the second meeting between the two countries’ foreign ministers within a month.

The Pakistani Prime Minister, along with a high-level ministerial delegation, is on a three-day visit to Turkey to enhance bilateral ties.

Pakistan-Turkey Relations

Turkey and Pakistan enjoy deep and cordial relations in all fields of mutual interest. Both countries have established a robust, comprehensive, and strategic partnership.

The countries cooperate on regional and international political issues, and in the military, culture, science, education, and economic sectors.

Along with high-level political contacts, people-to-people relations are also all-time high between the two friendly countries.

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