The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stated that the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu will pay an official visit to Pakistan on January 12-14, 2021 along with a delegation. The Turkish Foreign Minister will hold bilateral talks with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and will call on the Prime Minister and President during the visit.

The two Foreign Ministers are to review the entire gamut of bilateral relations and exchange views on regional and international issues, the Foreign Office revealed.

Cavusoglu’s visit to Pakistan is part of regular high-level exchanges between the two countries. This will be his third visit during the last two and half years.

“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 Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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. Co-chaired by President Erdogan and Prime Minister Imran Khan, the 6th session of HLSCC was held in Islamabad in February 2020.

The Strategic Economic Framework (SEF), signed at 6th Session of HLSCC, has 71 action points for deeper cooperation between the two countries in diverse fields.

The Foreign Office stated that Pakistan and Turkey enjoy ‘close collaboration’ on issues of mutual interest at multilateral forums such as the United Nations (UN), Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), adding that Turkey is an ‘important member’ of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir and has been ‘consistently supporting’ the cause of self-determination of the Kashmiri people.

“The forthcoming visit of the Turkish Foreign Minister will help further deepen the bilateral ties and enhance cooperation in multiple areas,” concluded the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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