Pakistan supports ‘Turkiye on core issues’

President Alvi also hopes new trade deal would help achieve bilateral trade target of $5 billion


Anadolu Agency September 20, 2022
President Dr Arif Alvi, along with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at the venue to jointly inaugurate 1st MILGEM Ship, PNS Babur, being build by Turkey in Istanbul. PHOTO: TWITTER/@PresOfPakistan

ISLAMABAD:

President Arif Alvi has said that Pakistan is further cementing brotherly relations with Turkiye and Islamabad remained committed to supporting Ankara on its core issues.

Talking to Pakistan’s ambassador-designate to Türkiye Yousaf Junaid at the President House in the capital Islamabad on Tuesday, Alvi called for the enhancement of trade between the two countries.

“Pakistan remained committed to furthering bilateral trade and investment ties with Turkiye [and] signing of the Trade in Goods Agreement would pave the way for achieving the bilateral trade target of $5 billion in the medium term,” President Alvi said, according to a statement issued from the presidency.

He also acknowledged the support of Turkiye to Pakistan’s efforts in countering Islamophobia in the world, especially in India, where Muslims were being intimidated and harassed on daily basis.

The president also expressed his gratitude for Turkiye’s support to Pakistan on the Kashmir dispute and asked the ambassador-designate to convey the sentiments to the Turkish side, the statement further said.

Pakistan enjoys excellent relations with Turkiye which are described by expressions as “heart to heart” and “two countries, one nation,” he said.

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