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Pakistan, Turkey FMs discuss host of issues

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ISTANBUL, Turkey: The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met with the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in Istanbul on April 23, 2021.

During the meeting, the two foreign ministers discussed various dimensions of Pakistan-Turkey bilateral relations including political and diplomatic engagement, economic cooperation, as well as the regional security situation.

Qureshi highlighted excellent bilateral relations between the two Countries, based on shared history and commonality of views.

The two sides discussed the ongoing preparations for the 7th Session of the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC) that will be held in Turkey post Ramadan.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi also reiterated appreciation for Turkey’s principled and steadfast support on the issue of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK).

During the meeting, the two foreign ministers also exchanged views on the Afghan peace process, the Istanbul Conference, and the US announcement on withdrawal of foreign troops.

Highlighting Pakistan’s abiding interest in a peaceful, secure and stable Afghanistan, Qureshi underscored Pakistan’s consistent efforts to facilitate the Afghan peace process.

The foreign minister expressed the hope that the Afghan parties would realize the opportunity and workout an inclusive politically negotiated settlement.

The two foreign ministers also lauded Turkey’s invaluable efforts to re-energize the Afghan peace process.

It was the third meeting between the two Foreign Ministers in 2021. The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu had visited Pakistan in January 2021 and the two Foreign Ministers also met on March 29, 2021 on the sidelines of 9th Session of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process Ministerial Conference in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

The frequency of high-level exchanges between the two Countries reflects the strength of the bilateral relationship.

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