D-8 sidelines: Islamabad seeks to double trade volume with Turkey

The Turkish foreign minister acknowledged Pakistan as a rising economic power.


Our Correspondent December 20, 2013
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD:


Pakistan is looking to double the volume of trade with Turkey, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Thursday following a meeting with Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on the sidelines of the D-8 meeting.


“We encourage investment by Turkish businessmen,” the premier remarked.


The Turkish foreign minister acknowledged Pakistan as a rising economic power and committed support in matters of international relations, calling Pakistan a brotherly country. He pointed out that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan would visit Pakistan at the head of a large group of businessmen.


In his meeting with Iran’s Foreign Minister Javed Zarif, PM Nawaz said that the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project would be discussed in detail during the bilateral engagements and that he would soon sit with his team — and try to speed up its completion.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 20th, 2013.

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