Pakistan, Turkey relations not restricted to diplomatic level: Qureshi


ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday said Turkey supported Pakistan against Financial Action Task Force (FATF)’s decision to place it on grey list.

“Turkey stands by Pakistan during its tough times,” Qureshi said while addressing a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, at the Foreign Office.

“The beauty of the relations between Pakistan and Turkey is that they are not restricted to a government level,” he added.

Speaking on the occasion, the Turkish foreign minister thanked Qureshi for inviting him to the country and said, “I congratulate Prime Minster Imran Khan for assuming office and will thank him as well.”

“Governments change but real friendships remain,” he added. “We will work towards maintaining this friendship.”

Further, he said, “Qureshi and I discussed several topics of common interest.”

The Turkish foreign minister, who is on a four-day visit to Pakistan, held one-on-one talks with Qureshi earlier today.

Qureshi and Cavusoglu discussed strengthening Pak-Turkey strategic partnership in political and socio-economic sectors during their meeting.

Delegation level talks were also held between delegations of the two countries at FO.

“Both countries are tied in inseparable bonds of people to people affection based on common faith and objectives and shared destinies as members of Islamic world,” FO spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said after the delegation-level talks.

“Pakistan and Turkey pledged to continue partnership for regional peace and stability,” he added.

Cavusoglu arrived in Pakistan on Thursday.

According to a statement issued by the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Cavusoglu will also meet Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Arif Alvi during his visit.

Last week Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Pakistan for a three-day official visit where he met FM Qureshi, PM Imran and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa.



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