Pak­istan, Turkey re­it­er­ate to fur­ther ties in de­fence sec­tor

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES - 04:15 01:30 05:30 09:00 En­vi­ron­ment day STAFF RE­PORTER

PML-N Sen­a­tor Ms. Nuzat Sadiq will be chief guest at the world en­vi­ron­ment day cel­e­bra­tions on June 4th at 4:00 pm. The venue will be House of Lights school Simly Dam. IS­LAM­ABAD—Pak­istan and Turkey on Fri­day shared strong re­solve to en­hance ex­ist­ing de­fence co­op­er­a­tion.

This un­der­stand­ing was reached at a meet­ing held be­tween Min­is­ter for De­fence, Khawaja Muham­mad Asif and Min­is­ter of Na­tional De­fence of the Repub­lic of Turkey, Fikri Isik.

Mr. Iski was on first of­fi­cial visit to Pak­istan since as­sum­ing the charge of his of­fice. Khawaja Muham­mad Asif wel­comed the Turk­ish del­e­ga­tion.

He con­veyed ap­pre­ci­a­tion on demo­cratic ini­tia­tives taken by Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip ER­DO­GAN. He also con­veyed con­do­lences and sym­pa­thies on sui­ci­dal at­tacks in Istanbul and Ankara.

The meet­ing dis­cussed ex­em­plary and his­tor­i­cal re­la­tions ex­isted be­tween Pak­istan and Turkey and re­it­er­ated strong de­sire to deepen, broaden and strengthen their part­ner­ship in de­fence sec­tor.

Both coun­tries co­op­er­ate closely at the re­gional and multi­na­tional fo­rums through the plat­forms of UN, OIC, ECO and D-8.

Turk­ish role as im­por­tant part of tri­lat­eral process on Afghanistan was also dis­cussed. Pak­istan re­it­er­ated its de­sire for peace­ful and sta­ble Afghanistan through Afghan owned and Afghan led peace process.

Both sides ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion over suc­cess­ful hold­ing of 11th Round of High Level Mil­i­tary Di­a­logue Group meet­ing in Ankara in Oc­to­ber 2015. Its next ses­sion is sched­uled to be held in Pak­istan in Oc­to­ber this year.

The con­struc­tion of PN Tanker Fleet at Karachi Ship­yard & En­gi­neer­ing Works and Turk­ish Navy’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in dif­fer­ent Naval Ex­er­cises were also dis­cussed. Turk­ish side in­formed that it would par­tic­i­pate in IDEAS-2016 this year.

Fikri ISIK has re­cently been ap­pointed as Min­is­ter of Na­tional De­fence of Turkey. Pre­vi­ously he served as Speaker of the Grand Na­tional As­sem­bly in 2015. Prior to en­ter­ing pol­i­tics, he worked as a law con­sul­tant and me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer.

June 4

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