Pakistan, Turkey agree to speed up work on mutual Free Trade Area

NEWYORK: Pakistan and Turkey have agreed to speed up work on mutual Free Trade Area to expand trade between the two countries.


This understanding reached during a meeting held between Prime Minister’s adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Hadi Sinirliogulu on sidelines of the 70th UN General Assembly in New York .

The two leaders expressed satisfaction on positive momentum in their brotherly relations, achieved as a result of frequent high-level exchanges as well as signature economic projects, like Metro Bus, urban waste management and energy sector cooperation.

They agreed to further enhance cooperation in defence industry and maintain high-level contacts on important regional and strategic matters.

The two leaders also reviewed regional and global issues of peace and security, with a particular focus on Afghanistan and Syria.

Sartaj Aziz briefed his Turkish counterpart on the situation in Afghanistan.

It was agreed to maintain their bilateral and trilateral mechanisms of consultations.

The Turkish Foreign Minister appreciated the positive role played by Pakistan in the Afghan peace and reconciliation process.

He gave a roundup of the situation in Syria and Turkish endeavours to find a peaceful solution.

Sartaj Aziz commended the efforts of the Turkish Government to host over two million Syrian refugees.

Sartaj Aziz also briefed his Turkish counterpart on preparation of Heart of Asia and Istanbul Process Ministerial Conference, to be held in Islamabad, later this year.

Appreciating the progress achieved in the Istanbul Process, the Turkish Foreign Minister promised active participation by Turkey.