Pak­istan in­vites Turkey to join $64 bil­lion megapro­ject

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Money -

PAK­ISTAN has in­vited Turkey to join the multi­bil­lion dol­lar China-Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC) project, which would ben­e­fit both coun­tries, of­fi­cial me­dia said yes­ter­day.

“Pak­istan highly val­ues its re­la­tions with Turkey, and the new gov­ern­ment de­sires to fur­ther strengthen re­la­tions be­tween Is­lam­abad and Ankara,” said Asad Qaiser, speaker of the Na­tional As­sem­bly, while speak­ing with Turkey’s Am­bas­sador to Pak­istan İh­san Mustafa Yur­dakul.

Yur­dakul met with Qaiser in his of­fice in Par­lia­ment House in Is­lam­abad.

Ac­cord­ing to state-run Ra­dio Pak­istan, Qaiser in­vited Turkey to join CPEC, which will ben­e­fit all coun­tries in the re­gion.

CPEC, a $64 bil­lion megapro­ject signed in 2014, aims to con­nect China’s strate­gi­cally im­por­tant north­west­ern Xin­jiang prov­ince to Pak­istan’s Gwadar Port through a net­work of roads, rail­ways and pipe­lines to trans­port cargo, oil and gas.

The eco­nomic cor­ri­dor will not only pro­vide China with cheaper ac­cess to Africa and the Mid­dle East but will also earn Pak­istan bil­lions of dol­lars for pro­vid­ing tran­sit fa­cil­i­ties to the world’s sec­ond-largest econ­omy.

Turkey’s am­bas­sador also vowed to strengthen re­la­tions with Pak­istan.

“Turk­ish peo­ple al­ways con­sider Pak­istan as their sec­ond home, and we wish to see this coun­try al­ways strong and pros­per­ous,” Yur­dakul said.

Yur­dakul also ex­tended an in­vi­ta­tion to Qaiser to at­tend the sec­ond League of the Par­lia­men­tar­ian Con­fer­ence for Al-Quds, which will be held on Dec. 14 in Is­tan­bul.

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