PM Gi­lani, Gul vow to rein­vig­o­rate Pak-Turk ties

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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

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