Strategic talks: PM Nawaz to leave for Turkey

The premier will co-chair the fifth HLSCC meeting with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara on Thursday

Our Correspondent February 22, 2017
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be visiting Turkey from February 22-24 for the fifth Session of Pakistan-Turkey High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC).

He will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, consisting of ministers and senior officials.

Nawaz would have wide-ranging consultations with the Turkish leadership on bilateral, regional and international issues.

The premier will also co-chair the fifth HLSCC meeting with his Turkish counterpart Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, in Ankara on Thursday.

The Pakistan-Turkey High Level Cooperation Council (HLSCC) was established in 2009, as a framework for consultations at the highest political level between the two sides.

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The mechanism provides strategic focus and direction to the bilateral relationship and helps chart a vision for the future. The six Joint Working Groups (JWG), operating under the umbrella of the HLSCC, focus on a broad range of areas.

So far, four sessions of the HLSCC have been held – December 2010; May 2012; September 2013; and February 2015.

At the conclusion of the fifth session, a joint declaration will be issued. A number of agreements and MoUs are also expected to be signed on the occasion.

During the visit, Nawaz will meet President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The premier will also address the Turkish Parliament to reaffirm Pakistan’s unequivocal support and solidarity with the government and people of Turkey against the failed coup attempt in their country.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 22nd, 2017.

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