PM Shehbaz arrives in Istanbul on two-day Turkish visit
Will jointly inaugurate third MILGEM Corvette Ships for Pakistan Navy along with President Erdogan: Two leaders will hold wide-ranging discussions on bilateral relations, regional situation and other issues of common interests
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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif arrived in Istanbul Friday on a two-day official visit to Turkiye, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
At the airport, Shehbaz Sharif was welcomed by deputy Istanbul governor and other senior Turkish officials.
Earlier, the prime minister embarked on two-day (Nov 25-26) visit to Turkey on the invitation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He is accompanied by high-level delegation.
PM Shehbaz and President Erdogan will jointly inaugurate the third of the four MILGEM Corvette Ships for the Pakistan Navy, PNS Khaibar, at the Istanbul Shipyard.
The two leaders will also hold wide-ranging discussions encompassing bilateral relations, the regional situation and other issues of common interests.
Prime Minister Shehbaz will interact with leaders of the Turkish business community.
The President of the ECO Trade and Development Bank will also meet the premier during his stay in Istanbul.
Being in Turkey feels like being home, overwhelmed by the warmth of our Turkish brothers & sisters. Our bilateral ties have entered a new era of strategic partnership under the leadership of President Erdogan. We are on course to unpack the full untapped potential of relationship https://t.co/69HDrEvcsC— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) November 25, 2022
Pakistan and Turkiye enjoy brotherly ties deeply embedded in commonalities of faith, culture and history and underpinned by exceptional cordiality and mutual trust.
The MILGEM project, based on joint collaboration between the two countries, represents a significant milestone in the Pakistan-Turkiye strategic partnership that continues to progress on an upward trajectory.
The launching ceremony for the first Corvettefor the Pakistan Navy, PNS Babur, was performed in Istanbul in August 2021 while the groundbreaking for the Second Ship, PNS Badr, was held at Karachi in May 2022.
Frequent leadership level exchanges are a defining feature of the eternal bonds of Pakistan-Turkiye friendship.
Prime Minister Shehbaz earlier visited Turkiye in May-June 2022.
Reporter Awais Kiyani