Islamabad, 6 July 2022 (TDI): Pakistan’s Minister of State Affairs, Hina Rabbani Khar welcomed Turkish Ambassador, Mehmet Pacaci at the Foreign Office.

They expressed a desire to further engage in all areas of mutual interest. Both showed satisfaction with the convergence of perspectives on a number of regional and global concerns.

Dr. Mehmet Pacaci presented his credentials to President Dr. Arif Alvi

Dr. Mehmet Pacaci, Turkiye’s Ambassador, presented his credentials to President Dr. Arif Alvi at Aiwan-e-Sadr last week.

When speaking with Turkiye’s Ambassador, the President expressed pleasure with the two countries’ convergence on crucial problems such as Kashmir, Northern Cyprus, Islamophobia, and Afghanistan.

He stated that both nations will appropriately commemorate the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two sister countries on November 30th. He also emphasized Pakistan’s commitment to expanding bilateral commercial and investment relations with Turkiye.

Pakistan Turkiye relations

Turkiye’s ties with Pakistan have evolved on the foundation of close friendship and fraternity since Pakistan’s independence on August 14, 1947. Also, The foundation of diplomatic ties between Turkey and Pakistan will be 75 years old in 2022.

The formation of the High-Level Cooperation Council in 2009, which was later advanced to the level of the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council, codified the two nations’ relations (HLSCC).

On the 15th and 16th of August 2021, Dr. Arif Alvi, President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, visited Türkiye to witness the launching ceremony of the first of four MILGEM-class corvette ships manufactured by Türkiye for Pakistan.

In addition, at the request of Mevlüt avuşolu, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, former Foreign Minister of Pakistan, visited Türkiye to attend the Antalya Diplomacy Forum, which was held between 18-20 June 2021.

Mevlüt avuşolu, Minister of Foreign Affairs, visited Islamabad to attend the OIC Foreign Ministers Council sessions on March 22-23, 2022.

From May 31 to June 2, 2022, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif paid his first official visit to Turkey. Further, the visit exemplifies the significance of Pakistan having strong bilateral connections with Turkey, which are anchored in shared history and manifest in cultural affinity, people-to-people ties, and unwavering support on all issues.

A high-level group led by Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, cabinet members, SAPMs, and top officials accompanied the Prime Minister.

During the visit, the Prime Minister met with President Erdogan, followed by delegation-level discussions. Aside from bilateral relations, the two presidents discussed regional and international topics of mutual concern.