ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Turkey on Tuesday reaffirmed the resolve to fight extremism and terrorism in all forms and manifestations, and called for criminalization of all acts of Islamophobia.
The joint statement signed by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu at PM House strongly condemned the defamation campaign against the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon Him) and the religion of Islam.
Pakistan and Turkey stressed the need for respecting all religions and reaffirmed the commitment to continue efforts to promote better understanding and inter-faith harmony.
The two sides reaffirmed the immutable bonds of common faith, shared history, cultural affinity and brotherhood between the peoples of Pakistan and Turkey.
They underscored the unique and abiding character of Pakistan-Turkey relations, marked by exceptional mutual trust, understanding and goodwill.
They expressed profound satisfaction at the continued development and expansion of bilateral relations in political, economic, security and cultural domains.
Pakistan and Turkey reiterated the commitment to continue to transform the cordial bilateral relationship into a robust strategic partnership.
They emphasized the common vision of the two countries for peace and development for their peoples and the region.
The two sides endorsed the results of the meetings of the Joint Working Groups of the High Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC) held in Islamabad, on February 16.
The 4th Meeting of the High Level Strategic Cooperation Council was held in Islamabad today 17 with participation of Turkish and Pakistani representatives.
The Turkish side included Mevlut Cavusoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Idris Gulluce, Minister of Environment and Urbanization; Nihat Zeybekci, Minister of Economy; Taner Yildiz, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources; H.E. Mehmet Muezzinoglu, Minister of Health and Lutfi Elvan, Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication.
The Pakistani side included Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs; Khurram Dastgir Khan, Minister for Commerce; Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Minister of Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization; Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage; Ahsan Iqbal, Minister of Planning, Development and Reforms; Kamran Michael, Minister for Ports and Shipping; Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Minister for Water and Power; and Ms. Saira Afzal Tarar, Minister of State for National Health Services.
The HLSCC decided cooperation in many areas which are as under:
The HLSCC shall continue to serve as the highest level political forum and provide strategic focus and direction to the relationship in all dimensions.
The Joint Working Groups shall ensure effective implementation and follow-up of the decisions taken at the HLSCC meetings.
Intensive exchanges shall be promoted at the leadership, parliamentary, business, cultural, civil society, media and people-to-people levels.
The excellent mutual cooperation and collaboration in international organizations, particularly in the United Nations, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Economic Cooperation Organization, as well as international initiatives such as Istanbul Process-Heart of Asia will be further enhanced and deepened, including extending support for our candidatures, coordinating policies and taking joint initiatives.
Both sides agree on the need to make the United Nations Security Council more representative, democratic, transparent, effective and accountable, and that UNSC reform should be comprehensive and it should take place by widest consensus possible.
The next annual consultations at the level of Foreign Ministers shall be held in Turkey, in 2015.
The next Bilateral Political Consultations at the level of Foreign Secretaries shall be held in Islamabad,before the end of 2015.