ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu arrived here Tuesday on a two day official visit.
Accompanied by a high-level delegation including several cabinet ministers and senior government officials, Prime Minister Davutoglu was received by Federal Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal here at the Nur Khan Air Base.
Representative delegation of Turkey’s top businessmen also accompanied the Turkish Prime Minister.
This is Prime Minister Davutoglu’s first visit to Pakistan since assuming his office in August 2014. Earlier, he had visited Pakistan in his capacity as Foreign Minister.
During the visit, the 4th meeting of the Pakistan-Turkey High Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC) will be held in Islamabad, which will be co chaired by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. The respective ministers from both sides will attend the session.
The High Level Cooperation Council (HLCC) was established at the Prime Ministerial level in October 2009.
It has had three sessions so far: in Ankara in December 2010; Islamabad in May 2012; and Ankara in September 2013. At the 3rd session in 2013, the Council was renamed as “High Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC)” to reflect the strategic nature of the relationship.
The HLSCC meeting would be preceded by the meetings of Joint Working Groups (JBGs) in six key areas Finance and Banking; Trade; Energy; Transport and Communications; Education; and Culture and Tourism.
Prior to HLSCC, the relevant ministers will also have bilateral interactions and present outcomes of their deliberations at the HLSCC meeting.
Besides the HLSCC, the visit program for the Turkish Prime Minister envisages tete-a-tete between the two Prime Ministers, a luncheon hosted by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, and a joint press stakeout.
A number of MoUs/agreements are expected to be signed on the occasion.
The two Prime Ministers will also attend the Pakistan-Turkey Business Forum 2015.
Prime Minister Davutoglu would call on President Mamnoon Hussain, who would also host a dinner in honor of the visiting dignitary and the accompanying delegation.
The Turkish Prime Minister would also attend events related to the academia, culture and the media.
The Foreign Office in a statement said “the leadership in both countries remains strongly committed to further deepening, broadening and strengthening the bilateral relationship in every field”.
It added that there is a joint resolve on both sides to transform the historic and cordial Pakistan-Turkey relationship into a durable strategic and economic partnership.
“The visit of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu would take this process forward, contributing to the peace and prosperity of the two countries and advancing the shared goals of peace, stability and development in the region,” the statement said.