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Pakistan, Turkey agree on upgrading trade volume to the mark of $1 billion

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 Leave a Comment

Pakistan and Turkey have agreed on the need for upgrading bilateral trade volume to $1 billion and adoption of joint strategy to deal with menace of terrorism besides supporting each other's stance on promotion of bilateral relations, eradication of terrorism, expansion in trade and economic ties, fiscal crisis and peace in Afghanistan.

The consensus was reached between prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani and Turkish Prime Minister in one on one meeting here Tuesday. Both the leaders exchanged views on a range of issues including peace in South Asia, energy and financial crisis, war on terror and key regional and international issues.

Both the leaders agreed during a joint press conference on evolving joint strategy to fight the scourge of terrorism besides expansion of trade relations. They decided to launch technical training programs and joint exercises on this count.

Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Turkish prime minister said bilateral cooperation will be bolstered for launching joint ventures in the sectors of housing, agriculture, alternative resources of energy and other areas of activities.

Turkish Prime Minister said both the countries agreed on supporting each other stand on the issue of peace and security in Afghanistan. During the meeting it was decided that summit conference of heads of the state of Pakistan, Turkey and Afghanistan would take place in Istanbul. Both the counties would reactivate joint economic commission.

Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani would attend an official function in connection with Republic day of Turkey. He will also participate in international conference taking place in Istanbul under World Economic Forum.