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PM Imran addresses Pak-Turk Business and Investment Forum

PM Imran addresses Pak-Turk Business and Investment Forum

A meeting of the Pakistan-Turkey Business and Investment Forum is under way in Islamabad on Friday in the presence of Prime Minister Imran Khan and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Commenting on Turkish president's at the joint session of Parliament earlier in the day, the prime minister said that he [Erdogan] can win the next election in Pakistan.

"I saw the treasury benches thumping their desks but not the opposition benches," he said, stressing that the current government will do everything to boost business between the two countries.

In order to achieve this, we need the support of the business community in Pakistan, he added.

Kicking off the meeting, Adviser to Prime Minister for Commerce, Textile, Industries, Production and Investment Abdul Razzak Dawood welcomed the Turkish visitors to the country.

"The two leaders of the countries have agreed an inclusive agreement including trade, tourism. We have people from construction, engineers, and people from all professions, God willing we will take [this business relationship] forward," he said.

"The two countries had meetings in Davos and we have now reached an understanding. As a final followup, we have signed an understanding on the way forward. Both sides will do a study on what is each other's relative strength. This study will be completed by March and then we will take it forward in April."

He added that a textile delegation will go to Turkey and to look at how to further the business. We have a great opportunity to work together, we do compete but like good brothers there is no harm in [...] taking things forward, he added.

"We are now capable of becoming an ASEAN country and we will be the closest ASEAN country to Turkey," he said, adding that this visit will eventually lead to more trade between the two countries.

Prime Minister Imran Khan and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will also address the meeting.

Earlier in the day, Erdogan addressed a joint session of Parliament in Islamabad — for a record fourth time — during which he reiterated his country's support for Pakistan and its stance on the Kashmir issue.

The Turkish president is expected to meet Imran for discussions on bilateral, regional and global issues.

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