Islamabad, 8 July 2022 (TDI): The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, received the new Ambassador of Turkiye, Mehmet Pacaci.

The Prime Minister of Pakistan congratulated the new Ambassador on the assumption of his office. He extended his best wishes to him for a successful term in Pakistan.

The Prime Minister also mentioned the unparalleled Pakistan-Turkiye fraternal ties in inter-state relations regarding mutual trust, understanding, and mutual support for each other’s national causes.

In addition, he hoped that bilateral cooperation would be strengthened, especially in the trade and investment domains.

As a result, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed gratitude for Turkiye’s steadfast support of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. He reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to Turkiye’s core interests.

Furthermore, the Prime Minister conveyed that he was looking forward to welcoming President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the 7th session of the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC) in Pakistan in September 2022.

Prime Minister’s recent visit to Turkiye

Recently, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif paid an official visit to Turkiye on 31 May to June 2, 2022. This was the Prime Minister’s first visit to Turkiye since assuming office.

Besides discussing Pakistan-Turkiye bilateral relations, the two leaders exchanged views on regional and international issues. Both leaders addressed a Joint Press Stakeout after their meetings.

Significantly, Pakistan and Turkiye are celebrating the 75th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations.

In accordance with that, they jointly unveiled a logo, marking the commencement of celebrations of this important milestone in the long history of exceptional bilateral ties.

Moreover, the Turkish Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Health also met with the Prime Minister during his visit.

Pakistan-Turkiye relations

Pakistan and Turkiye share a historic and long-standing relationship that is firmly anchored in common faith and shared history.

The relationship is strengthened by a glorious tradition of mutual support for each other on issues of core interest.

The two countries have convergent views on a range of issues, including a peaceful and stable Afghanistan and Palestine, and countering Islamophobia.