PM Khan arrives in Turkey for two-day visit


This comes as Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmoud Qureshi met Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara on Friday, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan says "a much stronger effort" is needed to further ongoing peace talks his country is facilitating between the United States and Afghanistan's Taliban. After the meeting, they will hold a press conference.

But the Trump administration has conveyed to the Imran Khan government the primacy it places on counter-terrorism, leading to some initial irritation in Islamabad, which took the unusual step of demanding a revision of a U.S. readout of the first phone call between Khan and USA secretary of state Mike Pompeo, that said they had discussed terrorism as well.

It is expected that the prime minister's visit to Turkey will bring some respite in the prevailing economic crunch in Pakistan as some memoranda of understanding on trade and investment are likely to be inked between the two sides.

Imran Khan pointed out that our exports remained stagnant due to flawed policies.

The Prime Minister said our main concern is to take people out of poverty and this will be done by promoting wealth creation. "We just can't do that", Trump said.

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Moreover, PM Imran also visited the Mausoleum of Ghazi Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and laid a floral wreath at the grave and noted his remarks in the Golden Book.

He said Mustafa Kamal was an epitome of courage, strength, resilience, forbearance and wisdom.

He said his country has one of the youngest population in the world, with fully 120 million Pakistanis under age 35.

The Prime Minister said Mustafa Kamal's glorious struggle and leadership for the independence and unity of the Turkish nation will forever remain a golden chapter in the annals of history.

While addressing the business community in Ankara, the prime minister said that his government was entirely focused on creating a conducive environment for foreign investors and steps were being taken to make doing business in Pakistan easier for foreign entities. Prospects of collaboration in food processing, dairy sector and food chain management were discussed.