Pakistan, Turkey agree to enhance defence cooperation


Turkish President, Abdullah Gul has stressed that the existing strategic partnership between Pakistan and Turkey provides an excellent opportunity for joint ventures between the defence industries of the two countries.

The Turkish President made these remarks while receiving a Pakistani defence delegation led by Federal Minister for Defence Syed Naveed Qamar who is visiting Ankara on the invitation of his Turkish counterpart, said a message received here.

Syed Naveed Qamar agreed with the Turkish President that both countries could jointly produce defence products in their respective countries that will help in technology transfer and will generate economic activities.

He commended the excellent cooperation between the defence establishments of the two countries.

He noted that both countries take pride in their armed forces which have many complementarities and strong traditions of close cooperation.

The Turkish President also referred to the regional situation and said the whole world recognizes the sacrifices that the people and defence forces of Pakistan are making in the fight against terrorism and extremism.

Earlier, Syed Naveed Qamar held a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Ismet Yilmaz.

Upon arrival at the Turkish Defence Ministry, the Pakistani dignitary was presented a guard of honour.

Both sides agreed to raise the level of High Level Military Dialogue Group, which is an institutional mechanism for boosting defence ties between the two brotherly countries.

Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2013

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