Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said Pakistan and Turkey support each other on all critical issues, including those regarding Kashmir and Northern Cyprus.
The prime minister made the comments to Turkish state news agency Anadolu Agency before leaving for Turkey on a three-day official visit to Turkey.
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The Prime Minister left for Turkey today and during his trip he will meet with the business and trade community there. The Prime Minister will also issue a commemorative plaque with the Turkish President to mark 75 years of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Turkey.
Ahead of the Prime Minister’s visit, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto already arrived in Ankara on Monday and was welcomed by Ankara Governor Vasif Sahin.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Prime Minister Shehbaz said the historical relations between the two countries are firmly rooted in many commonalities between the nations. Both countries have the same issues to deal with, he said, while thanking the Turkish leadership for supporting the cause of Kashmir.
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He also said that relations between people are blossoming every day, but Pakistan is now focusing more on strengthening its economic ties.
Prime Minister Shehbaz said that during his visit, he will meet with Turkish business communities and convey to them the opportunities the two countries can have in different sectors.
Speaking on the issue of trade with India, he said the government is aware of the economic dividends that could be reaped from trade with India.
However, the Prime Minister added, given the brutality against the Kashmiris, the attempts to change the demographics of the occupied territory and the denial of rights, it was hard to imagine that any progress could be made on trade.