Pakistan and Turkey have committed to elevating their bilateral trade volume to $5 billion, marking a significant step in the economic partnership between the two nations. This agreement was reached during high-level talks held in Islamabad.

The Pakistani delegation was headed by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar, while the Turkish side was led by Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), the discussions encompassed a review of progress on existing bilateral cooperation and an exchange of views on regional and international matters of mutual interest.

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In a joint news conference following the talks, Deputy Prime Minister Dar highlighted plans to convene the next session of the Pakistan-Turkey High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council soon. He underscored the longstanding defence collaboration between the two countries, noting, “We are working on various joint ventures and continue to support each other in defending our territorial sovereignty and combating terrorism.”

Dar also expressed deep gratitude to Turkey for its unwavering support to the people of Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir, reaffirming Pakistan’s support for the legitimate struggle of the people of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. “Pakistan and Turkey are two countries but one nation,” he remarked, underlining the historical and enduring bond between the two peoples.

Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan described Pakistan as a strategic partner whose cooperation is vital for regional peace and stability. He termed the meeting with Foreign Minister Dar as fruitful, noting that both sides are committed to strengthening their relations in trade, defence, investment, banking, science, and technology. “This is an unshakeable friendship and brotherhood rooted in history,” Fidan said, affirming Turkey’s support for Pakistan in its fight against terrorism.

Both foreign ministers also expressed serious concerns over the situation in Gaza, calling for a permanent ceasefire and the provision of humanitarian relief to the Palestinian people.

This renewed commitment to deepening economic and strategic ties reflects the enduring solidarity and cooperation between Pakistan and Turkey, promising a strengthened partnership in the years to come.