PM Gilani, Gul vow to reinvigorate Pak-Turk ties
ANKARA: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani called on Turkish President Abdullah Gul here on Tuesday and discussed ways to reinvigorate and deepen Pakistan-Turkey ties by widening cooperation in all spheres.
Prime Minister Gilani, who arrived here Monday on a three-day official visit, met the Turkish President at his Cankaya Presidential Palace, and focused on deepening the "time tested and deep-rooted relations" that Pakistan enjoys with Turkey.
Mentioning the two countries' age-old brotherly relations the Prime Minister said that Pakistan cherished the fraternal bonds with Turkey and accorded the highest priority to nurture them further. He said the affinity between Pakistan and Turkey drew strength from the infinite reservoirs of mutual goodwill and appreciation that had always been expressed by the two governments and the peoples.
Gilani said Turkey and Pakistan had a commonality of interest and expressed the confidence that his visit would prove instrumental in further advancing the common goals. President Abdullah Gul said Turkey and Pakistan always sided and supported each other, in the past and today.
He said Turkey considered Pakistan as its friend and felt it's problems as it's own and said the two countries shared commonality of views on regional and international issues. Gilani said Pakistan appreciated Turkey's support and solidarity in difficult times; be it the 2005 earthquake or the recent floods.
He said the High Level Cooperation Council would enable the two counties to fast track inter-governmental cooperation and hoped that Pakistan would benefit fully from Turkey's experience in reforms.
Gul said the two countries had successfully passed the test of history and had ties that have continued to grow over the years as the two sides supported each other through thick and thin. He hoped that relations between the two countries would further strengthen in the days ahead and extended full support to the fight against terrorism and extremism. President Gul noted that the democratic institutions were getting full support of all the institutions. He said it was satisfying to note that Pakistan can resolve its problems through democratic processes. The two leaders wished each other prosperity and progress of their peoples and vowed to strengthen deep friendship between their countries. -PB News