Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has asked Pakistani and Turkish business leaders to increase bilateral trade to $5 billion in the next three years.
President of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey, Rifat Hisarciklioglu, organized a dinner reception in his honors in Ankara, and he guaranteed his government’s full assistance in this respect.
Unfortunately, the historic affinity between Pakistan and Turkey does not reflect in bilateral trade, which now stands at 1.1 billion dollars, according to the Prime Minister.
He said that the government has removed all barriers to business, pushing Turkish companies to invest in a variety of disciplines, including agricultural, information technology, dairy, textiles, and many more.
The Turkish people and leadership were also commended by the Prime Minister for assisting Pakistan during the earthquake and floods, as well as for their continuous support for the Kashmir cause. He also reaffirmed Pakistan’s support for Turkey in the Cyprus conflict.
Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif was greeted warmly by Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and other high officials at Esenboga Airport upon his arrival in Ankara.
He received a salute from a well-dressed unit of the Turkish Army.
The Prime Minister is in Turkey on a three-day official visit with a high-level group.