Turkey, Pakistan ink 10 accords for cooperation in different fields

 Pakistan and Turkey have signed ten agreements and MoUs for cooperation in different fields.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildrim witnessed the signing ceremony held in Ankara today.

The agreements and MoUs were signed in the fields of hydro carbons, environment, forestry, information, exchange of financial intelligence relating to money laundering, exchange of armed forces personnel.

The Prime Ministers of the two countries signed joint declaration of the fifth meeting of the High Level Strategic Cooperation Council.

Pakistan and Turkey held the 5th meeting of the High Level Strategic Cooperation Council in Ankara today.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildrim co-chaired the meeting.

Six Joint Working Groups (JWGs) operating under the Council met prior to the main session. The reports on their deliberations and outcomes presented in the meeting.

These JWGs relate to: Trade and Investment; Energy; Finance and Banking; Transport and Communications; Culture and Tourism; and Education.

Based on the reports of the Working Groups, the decisions taken by the co-chairs will be reflected in the Joint Declaration.

The HLSCC, established during the visit of the then Prime Minister Erdogan to Pakistan in October 2009, is the highest level institutional mechanism between Pakistan and Turkey.

The purpose of establishing HLSCC was to fully explore and build upon shared interests, maximize cooperation on mutual priorities, and reinforce the already profound and unique relationship between the two countries in a structured manner.

Pakistan delegation comprises Minister for Commerce Engineer Khurram Dastgir, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resource Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Syed Tariq Fatemi.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was warmly received when he reached Cankaya Palace in Ankara for 5th Session of Pakistan-Turkey High Level Strategic Cooperation Council.

He was greeted by the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.

A smartly turned out contingent of Turkish forces presented guard of honour to the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister inspected the guard of honour and took the salute.

His Turkish counterpart introduced the receiving line to the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif laid floral wreath at Ataturk Mausoleum in Ankara on Thursday.

He was accompanied by his entourage.