PM Shehbaz sets $5b target of Pak-Turkey bilateral trade in next 3 years

PM Shehbaz sets $5b target of Pak-Turkey bilateral trade in next 3 years

Ankara (Web Desk): Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has urged the business community of Pakistan and Turkey to take the bilateral trade to $ 5 billion mark within next three years.

Addressing a dinner reception hosted in his honour by President of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey  (TOBB), Rifat Hisarciklioglu in Ankara, the premier assured his government’s all-out support in this regard.

PM Shehbaz said unfortunately the historic friendship between Pakistan and Turkey does not reflect in the bilateral trade which currently stands at $1.1 billion.

He said the government has done away with all the impediments to business sector, urging Turkish investors to invest their capital in multiple sectors like agriculture, IT, dairy, textile, and many other fields.

PM Shehbaz also thanked the Turkish people and the leadership for supporting Pakistan during the earthquake and floods, besides showing its unwavering support for the Kashmir cause. He also reiterated Pakistan’s stance to support Turkey on the Cyprus issue.

Earlier, on arrival in Ankara, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was warmly welcomed by Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and other high officials at Esenboga Airport.

A smartly turned-out contingent of the Turkish Army presented salute to him.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif along with a high-level delegation is on a three-day official visit to Turkey.