ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu will arrive here on Tuesday (Feb 17) on a two day official visit to Pakistan to further promote bilateral relations.
Foreign Office Spokesperson said the Turkish Prime Minister would be accompanied by a high level delegation, including several cabinet ministers and senior government officials’ besides top businessmen.
The visit she said was aimed at further promoting bilateral economic and trade ties.
This will Ahmet Davutoglu’s first visit as Prime Minister since assuming office in August 2014, earlier he had visited Pakistan as a Foreign Minister.
The 4th meeting of the Pakistan-Turkey High Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC) will be co chaired by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
Respective Ministers from both sides will also 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 will be preceded by the meetings of Joint Working Groups (JBGs) in six key areas that include Finance and Banking; Trade; Energy; Transport & Communications; Education; and Culture & Tourism.
Besides the HLSCC, the visit programme 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 would also attend the Pakistan-Turkey Business Forum 2015.
Prime Minister Davutoglu will also call on President Mamnoon Hussain, who will host a dinner for the visiting dignitary and the accompanying delegation.
The Turkish Prime Minister will also attend events related to the academia, culture and the media.
Pakistan and Turkey enjoy a special relationship, marked by exceptional cordiality and understanding.
The two countries have common perceptions on regional and international issues and work closely at regional and multilateral fora.
Bilateral relations with Turkey have seen tremendous growth and dynamism in recent years, she said.
Consistent efforts are underway to give a central thrust to the trade, economic and investment dimensions of the relationship.
There has been significant progress in diverse fields with the support of the Turkish private sector.
These include: low cost housing, energy, municipal services including waste management, public transport, infrastructure development, vocational and skills development for urban and rural areas as well as important social sectors like health and education.
The leadership of both the countries remains strongly committed to further deepening, broadening and strengthening the bilateral relationship in every field.
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 will 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.