Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf Wednesday said that Pakistan values its close and time-tested friendship with Turkey and was strongly committed to further deepen, broaden and strengthen this partnership in every field.
He remarked that the existing excellent political relations between Pakistan and Turkey should translate into a qualitative up- gradation of our bilateral economic and commercial ties.
The Prime Minister expressed these views while talking to Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan, Mustafa Baber Hizlan, who called on him here at the Prime Minister House.
The Prime Minister stressed that in order to achieve the mutually agreed trade target of $ 2 billion by the end of this year, the two sides need to create facilitative mechanisms and opportunities for their private sectors.
He further desired that the two brotherly countries should now fast-track the conclusion of Pakistan-Turkey PTA (Preferential Trade Agreement).
The Prime Minister invited Turkish investors to make investments in Pakistan, adding that the country would welcome Turkish investment in key sectors such as infrastructure, housing, engineering, energy, agriculture, telecommunication and mining.
The Turkish Ambassador assured the Prime Minister that he would work to further deepen cooperation between Pakistan and Turkey in all fields for benefit of peoples of two countries.