ISLAMABAD: President Pervez Musharraf and his Turkish counterpart, Abdullah Gul have emphasised the necessity of further developing bilateral trade, investment, economic and defence production cooperation to match with the very cordial brotherly relations between the two countries. They said this in a joint press stake out after their talks at Aiwan-e-Sadr here on Monday President Pervez Musharraf said they had in-depth interaction on all important regional and international issues and bilateral relations as well as Pakistan’s democratic transition. They also exchanged views on restructuring of the OIC and its importance for the Muslim World.
The President said he emphasised the importance of Pakistan’s geo strategic location to serve as a trade and energy corridor and the necessity of fighting terrorism, harmonizing the situation in Afghanistan. He said the talks covered the tension between Iran and the United States and Pakistan’s efforts to normalize relations with India. He said he expressed Pakistan’s gratitude to Turkey for the support that Ankara has always given on Kashmir dispute, support in cash and kind in Education sector as well as for the reconstruction of the earthquake affected areas.
The Turkish President said that Turkey and Pakistan have deep rooted brotherly relations and he always felt at home when in Pakistan. He said the most outstanding characteristic of ties between the two countries is that these are not only on government to government but also people to people level.
He described the talks with President Pervez Musharraf on various issues as extremely fruitful. He said he congratulated President Pervez Musharraf for assuming the presidency for the second term as a civilian leader and said he was the first head of state to visit Pakistan and congratulate him. Mr. Abdullah Gul said Pakistan and Turkey share similar views on regional and international issues. He said Turkey as a member of the OIC contact Group on Kashmir wants a solution of the Kashmir issue on the basis of international legitimacy.
Earlier, President Pervez Musharraf and Turkish President Abdullah Gul held one on one meeting.The two leaders discussed regional and international issues of vital importance besides further strengthening the bi-lateral ties in economic, trade and commerce sectors.-SANA