DUNYA NEWS, ISLAMABAD (Online), 16th SEPTEMBER 2013: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is scheduled to leave for Turkey today (Monday) on a 3-day visit, where both the countries will sign several MoUs and agreements besides the highest state award to be conferred upon Pakistan s premier.
According to the sources‚ Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is visiting Turkey on the invitation of his Turkish counterpart.
During the visit‚ Prime Minister will meet Turkish President Abdullah Gul as well as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The two Prime Ministers will co-chair the third meeting of the High Level Cooperation Council (HLCC) in Ankara. The HLCC provides a unique platform to give a long-term strategic direction to bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries of Pakistan and Turkey.
In recognition of close and brotherly relations between Pakistan and Turkey‚ President of the Republic of Turkey will confer the award “Republic Order” (Cumhuriyet Nisan) in a special investiture ceremony upon Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
In order to further enhance relations in all fields specially in the economic and commercial spheres‚ the two countries are likely to sign several agreements and MoUs.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will visit the site of an award-winning low-cost housing project in Ankara‚ built for disadvantaged sections of the society.
On September 18‚ Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will proceed to Istanbul where he will address a Business Forum.
He will also have separate meetings with leading Turkish CEOs and investors.
Leading Pakistani businessmen are also expected to attend the Business Forum. They will also interact with their Turkish counterparts to explore mutually beneficial business opportunities.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif s visit to Turkey is likely to result in substantial Turkish partnership in the energy‚ low cost housing‚ infrastructure development‚ municipal services such as mass transit‚ etc.
Inspired by the success of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan s people friendly government‚ the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is planning to launch several such projects with the Turkish partnership including its private sector.
Keeping in view the high esteem that the leadership and the people of Pakistan have for Turkey and its leadership‚ Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has chosen Turkey as the second official destination for his foreign visit.