Turkish prime minister arrives in Pakistan for talks

May 21, 2012, Monday/ 12:41:00/ TODAYSZAMAN.COM

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan arrived in Pakistan's capital city Islamabad late on Sunday as the formal guest of his Pakistani counterpart, Yousuf Raza Gilani.

Erdoğan is set to deliver a speech at a joint session of the Pakistani Parliament and senate on Monday, and on Tuesday he will attend the second meeting of the Turkey-Pakistan High Level Cooperation Council. The first High-Level Cooperation Council meeting was held in Ankara in December of 2010 during which Gilani represented Pakistan.

Turkey and Pakistan currently enjoy good relations and both countries display strong support for each other on several international platforms. Erdoğan will also meet with Gilani and the two will hold a joint press conference.

The Turkish prime minister is accompanied by a large delegation of Cabinet members, including one of his deputy prime ministers and Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan, Environment and Urban Planning Minister Erdoğan Bayraktar, Energy and Natural Sources Minister Taner Yıldız and Transportation Minister Binali Yıldırım. Erdoğan will proceed to Kazakhstan's capital city Astana on Tuesday after concluding talks in Pakistan.


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