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Türkiye-Pakistan aims to boost bilateral cooperation


Islamabad, 20 May 2024 (TDI): On May 19 Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Türkiye, Hakan Fidan arrived in Islamabad on the invitation of Deputy Prime Minister Ishaq Dar to boost Turkiye-Pakistan bilateral cooperation.

Upon arrival in Pakistan at the Nur Khan airbase, Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan received a warm welcome from the Additional Foreign Secretary ( Afghanistan and West Asia) Ambassador Ahmed Naseem Warraich.

He was invited to have delegation-level talks by his counterpart, Muhammad Ishaq Dar to discuss bilateral ties.

The visit aims to strengthen bilateral relations between the two nations. Moreover, the meeting also communicates regional and international developments.

The two leaders reviewed progress on bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on regional and international matters of mutual interest.

Both sides incorporated strong commitment and resolve to further broaden the scope of bilateral cooperation. It includes all the areas of bilateral cooperation, containing trade, investment, and defense.

Additionally, they also talked about the preparations for the upcoming talks. The talks were about the engagements of the Pakistan-Türkiye High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC) towards an even closer strategic partnership.

Through the high-level cooperation council established in 2009, Türkiye and Pakistan formalized their relationship. Later on, both the states

Meeting of Pakistani Foreign Minister with the Turkish counterpart
The meeting of the Pakistani Foreign Minister with the Turkish counterpart

elevated their relationship to a strategic partnership. This institutional framework has facilitated close cooperation between the two countries in fields like military and defense industry partnerships.

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Addressing Gaza Strip

However, both parties will engage in detailed talks about the ongoing situation in the Gaza Strip. The major focus of the discussions will be on the potential joint efforts to address the conflict. They will also hold talks about the united and decisive stance of the Muslim world.

Furthermore, the annual trade volume between Pakistan and Turkiye stands at approximately $1 billion. Both countries have set a target to progress the $1 billion figure to $5 billion in the coming years.

Both leaders were also expected to address the challenges that Turkish businesses face while operating in Pakistan.

Zamzam Channa
Zamzam Channa
International Relations Graduate (Gold Medal), Author at The Pakistan Today and The Geopolitical Monitor, Former Research Intern at the Center for International Strategic Studies, Sindh (CISSS)

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