Posted on January 9, 2018 at 03:00 PM
Prime Minister Imran Khan visited Turkey on Thursday, 3rd January 2019 on a two-day official visit. Prime Minister Imran was officially invited by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
PM Imran Khan was received by Konya Governor, Deputy Mayor and Pakistani Ambassador.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Imran Khan addressed a press conference at the President Palace in Ankara.
"Pakistan and Turkey are committed for the menace of terrorism in its all forms and agreed to fight against Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organization."
Pakistan and Turkey leaders agreed to enhance and strengthen of economic ties between both countries. Both countries focused to enhance people to people cooperation, education sector, tourism and youth.
Prime Minister Imran Khan speaking at the joint press conference, highlighted that " Pakistan and Turkey has a long history of the relationship and wished to take this relation at a much higher level, a level that must not be reached.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said that Pakistan wants to strengthen its relation not just in trade but also foreign relations.
PM Imran said Turkey has built 2 million houses in the last 5 years, which is helpful for Pakistan' s Naya Pakistan project and we will learn from it. PM Imran further explained, "Naya Pakistan Housing Project" launched by the federal government for poor and low-income people.
Turkish president further added that both delegations have focused on social and cultural issues, defence industry cooperation and Fateh Ullah Gulan's organization.
Turkish president announced that Turkey will host the peace conference between Pakistan and Afghanistan to bring peace to Afghanistan. This peace conference will be held in Turkey after the March local elections.
Prime Minister Imran Khan was accompanied on the trip with Finance Minister Asad Umar, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Minister for Planning Khsuro Bakhtyar, Assitant to PM on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfi Bukhari and Advisor to PM on Commerce and Textile Razak Dawood.
According to Turkish Newspaper, Pakistan and Turkey agreed to cooperate in the field of health by setting up a task force. Prime Minister Imran Khan visited the mausoleum of Kamal Ataturk, where he signed a guest book and laid a wreath. Prime Minister Imran Khan met with the delegation of Turkey-Pakistan business council. The premier said that in 1970s Pakistan went into the wrong direction due to the socialist mindset and it became a deterrent to wealth creation.
Prime Minister Imran Khan assured the Turkish business leaders to invest in Pakistan, where he assured that "PTI government is making every effort to remove the hurdle for the business community.