MAMOSA Report — Pakistan Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif arrived in Turkey on Wednesday to attend the 5th session of Pakistan-Turkey High Level Strategic Cooperation Council that is to be held in Ankara on Thursday.
According to the PM House, the prime minister is set to have wide-ranging consultations with the Turkish leadership on bilateral, regional and international issues.
The Joint Working Groups will focus on a broad range of areas, namely – Trade; Energy; Banking & Finance; Communications & Railways; Education; and Culture & Tourism.
A meeting of the premier is scheduled with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the three-day visit, Radio Pakistan reported.
PM Sharif is accompanied by a high-level delegation of ministers and senior officials including Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan, and Special Assistant to the PM for Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi.
The Premier will also be visiting the Turkish Parliament to reaffirm Pakistan’s unequivocal support and solidarity against the failed coup attempt in Turkey last July, that saw the Turkish Parliament being bombed. Since then the country remains in a state of emergency.
A nationwide referendum is being held in Turkey in April to choose Presidential system and make amendments to the constitution.
If approved, the proposed constitutional changes would usher in a presidential system with expanded powers and up to 10 more years in office for President Erdogan, with a weak parliament, no prime minister, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The PM House report stated that the Mr. Sharif will pay homage to all those who laid down their lives in defense of Turkish democracy.
This year also marks the 70th year of Pakistan-Turkey Diplomatic Relations.