ISLAMABAD: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived on a two-day visit to Pakistan on Thursday along with a sizable delegation of business leaders for focused meetings that may fetch export and import orders for both sides.
Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived at the Noor Khan airbase to personally receive the Turkish president.
The prime minister was accompanied by the members of the federal cabinet.
PM Imran Khan personally drove the car to take the Turkish president and his wife, Emine Erdoğan, to the PM House.
The Turkish president was presented a guard of honour upon arrival at the PM House.
A senior official from the commerce ministry said on Wednesday that the business to business interaction between Pakistan and Turkey is set to begin from Thursday (today).
The Turkish president will also address a joint session of the Parliament on February 14.
Pakistan has no reservations if Turkey wishes to invest in CPEC: FM Qureshi
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi spoke to Geo News, saying that Pakistan had no reservations if Turkey wished to invest in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
“We have invited every country that is friends with Pakistan to invest in CPEC,” he said. “Pakistan would have no reservations if Turkey wishes to invest in the project.”
In response to a question about PM Imran’s last-minute decision to not attend the Kuala Lumpur visit, the foreign minister said that Turkey “was a friend and understood our situation”.
“Turkey understands our point of view and it stands with us,” he said. Qureshi said that PM Imran’s recent visit to Malaysia showed that Pakistan had historically enjoyed exemplary relations with Malaysia and the situation had not changed.
He appreciated President Erdogan for being extremely clear on the issue of occupied Kashmir and supporting Pakistan’s stance wholeheartedly. “He has supported the Kashmir cause and shown that he stands with Pakistan and Kashmiris,” he said.
Qureshi said Erdogan’s visit will boost ties between the two countries as around 200-250 businessmen are accompanying the Turkish president to explore business possibilities.