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Turkish foreign minister to arrive in Pakistan tomorrow

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 Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. — AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Monday that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will arrive in Pakistan tomorrow  for a two-day official visit.

The Turkish Foreign Minister will hold bilateral talks with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and call on Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Arif Alvi during the visit, the Foreign office said in a handout.

The two officials will review the entire gamut of bilateral relations and exchange views on regional and international issues.

This is the Turkish foreign minister’s third visit in the last two and a half year and it is part of “regular high-level exchanges between the two countries”.

“The fraternal relations between Pakistan and Turkey are deeply embedded in common faith, culture, and history and underpinned by exceptional mutual trust and respect,” said the foreign office.

Pakistan-Turkey bilateral relations have been institutionalised under the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC), which is the highest level decision-making forum, providing strategic direction to further boost the partnership, read the statement

The Strategic Economic Framework (SEF), signed at the sixth HLSCC session, has 71 action points for deeper cooperation between the two countries in diverse fields.

Pakistan and Turkey enjoy close collaboration on issues of mutual interest at multilateral fora such as the UN, OIC, and ECO.

“Turkey is an important member of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu & Kashmir and has been consistently supporting the cause of self-determination of the Kashmiri people,” it said.

The visit of the Turkish foreign minister will help further deepen the bilateral ties and enhance cooperation in multiple areas, the statement added.

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