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Pakistan looks to involve Turkey in CPEC as Erdogan arrives

Step towards exemplary bilateral ties
Premier personally drives Turkish president, first lady from airport to PM House
news desk
ISLAMABAD
In a bid to strengthen bilateral strategic partnership, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and First Lady Emine Erdoğan arrived in Pakistan on Thursday on a two-day visit and were received by Prime Minister Imran Khan at the Nur Khan Airbase.
The premier personally drove the special foreign guests from the airport to the Prime Minister House, where the Turkish president was presented a guard of honour by a smartly turned-out contingent of armed forces in the presence of senior cabinet members and government officials. Ahead of Erdogan’s arrival, strict security arrangements were made in the federal capital and special posters were placed at various areas in his honour. 2,000 police personnel and officers were on duty for maintaining peace during his visit. He also held a meeting with President Dr Arif Alvi. According to the Foreign Office (FO), the Turkish president is visiting Pakistan for underscoring “traditional solidarity and affinity” between the two countries and further “deepening and broadening of the flourishing Pakistan-Turkey strategic partnership”.
Erdogan, who is accompanied on the trip by his cabinet members, senior government officials and leading Turkish business figures, would co-chair with Prime Minister Imran the 6th session of the Pakistan-Turkey High Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC), address a joint session of parliament on Friday for the record fourth time and speak at the Pakistan-Turkey Business and Investment Forum.
Talking to Anadolu Agency, Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan Mustafa Yurdakul said that President Erdogan’s visit to Islamabad is a historic event and “a major step towards exemplary bilateral ties between the two countries”.
Prime Minister Imran is expected to invite Turkey to join the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). In an interview with a Turkish newswire, he had said, “We hope to involve them in using CPEC for further connectivity, and we hope to involve Turkey in this [CPEC]”.



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