Istanbul. November 25 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan and Turkey are strengthening mutual relations and cooperation for peace and stability. The relationship between Pakistan and Turkey is unique and cannot be weakened by anyone. Together, the two brotherly countries can move towards the destination of development and prosperity. , solar and water, trade and investment, among other sectors, can further strengthen ties. The Prime Minister expressed these views while addressing the inauguration ceremony of PS Khyber, the third of the four corvette ships to be commissioned for the Pakistan Navy at the Istanbul Shipyard on Friday.
. The Prime Minister said that once again he is happy to visit his second home Turkey, it is a great day in the context of historical relations and brotherhood between Pakistan and Turkey. The Prime Minister said that seeing today's ceremony, he remembers the situation of 1920 when our Turkish brothers and sisters were fighting for freedom and the Muslims of the subcontinent were starting the Khilafat movement for this great struggle of freedom for their Turkish brothers and sisters. Mothers and sisters with their bangles, shopkeepers, farmers and students collected donations and provided support for the great war of their Turkish brothers, our ancestors knew that whatever efforts they were making, the Turkish nation would not only remember them but also Turkey will stand with Pakistan even in difficult times.
The Prime Minister said that Turkey has always stood by Pakistan in times of floods, earthquakes and calamities, Turkey did not hesitate to rescue Pakistan, what the Muslims of the subcontinent did for the people of Turkey can be seen in the schools, universities and colleges of Turkey today. It is part of the curriculum. The Prime Minister appreciated the wise leadership of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and said that his vision and leadership have made Turkey a modern society.
The prime minister said that due to the social welfare projects of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, even in remote areas of Turkey, people are getting health, education, employment and agriculture facilities and fruits of industrial development. The Prime Minister said that today we are participating in the inauguration ceremony of PNS Khyber, the third corvette ship for the Pakistan Navy. Pakistan and Turkey are strengthening their relations for peace and stability. It is not for aggression but for defense, it is necessary to prepare for war to live in peace. He said that in this project, naval officers and workers of both countries have played an important role in increasing the production capacity of both countries.
The Prime Minister said that the world is facing conflicts today, the war in Ukraine has created dangers for the international community, the wise strategy adopted by the President of Turkey in the war in Ukraine is worthy of praise, because of this war, countries like Pakistan Developing countries are facing serious problems.
The Prime Minister said that Pakistan is a developing country, our import bill of petrol, edible oil and food is more than 25 billion dollars. It is good that Turkey has potential in this sector, Turkish investors can invest in Pakistan in this sector, Turkish investors are already working in Pakistan.
The Prime Minister said that Pakistan and Turkey have to work together for environment-friendly measures and reducing the emission of harmful gases and in this context both the countries have to promote relations in these fields. He said that it is also gratifying that both countries are rich in wind, solar and water, in these sectors the two brotherly countries can cooperate, which can make mutual relations between Pakistan and Turkey more meaningful. Is.
The Prime Minister said that both Pakistan and Turkey are great countries, our hearts beat together, there is a vast potential in the fields of trade and investment, and these relations can further increase in the reign of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The Prime Minister said that recently when the worst flood happened in Pakistan, Turkey was once again on the front line, that night President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called me and said what Turkey can do for Pakistan.
The prime minister said that Turkey sent 13 trains on humanitarian basis, 15 military planes delivered food, tents and medicines, 6 trucks came to Pakistan from Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan City was established in Sindh, only one brother. And a family member can do that. He said that when there was a flood in Punjab in 2010, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan along with his wife and former Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani himself visited the flood affected areas of Pakistan, not only the Turkish government but also the citizens of Istanbul and Ankara made donations. Collected, the wife of the President of Turkey gifted her necklace, which was a great gesture of brotherhood.
The prime minister said that the relations between Pakistan and Turkey are of a unique nature which cannot be weakened by anyone, the two brotherly countries can move towards the destination of development and prosperity together. President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in his speech that he welcomes the Prime Minister of Pakistan on his arrival home. He said that an important project is being inaugurated today.
He said that Pakistani brothers and sisters have always stood by Turkey, there is a special place for Pakistan and Pakistanis in the hearts of the people of Turkey. Helped his Pakistani brothers and sisters. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that there are deep brotherly relations between the two countries.
He said that Pakistan has been engaged in the war against terrorism, we are well aware of the problems of our Pakistani brothers and sisters, we will continue to fight against the threats of terrorism, both countries are united against terrorism. Referring to the bilateral defense cooperation between Pakistan and Turkey, he said that bilateral defense cooperation is the pillar of the relationship between the two countries, Pakistan and Turkey will work together against all types of terrorism and terrorist organizations. We have a zero tolerance policy.
Referring to the recent incident of terrorism in Istanbul, he said that it is our responsibility to give justice to those who died in terrorist attacks, we have fought against ISIS, we have fought against terrorists and their patrons. Are committed to war. He said that Turkey is not limited to its borders but is helping its brothers and sisters outside its borders as well.
He said that in 2002, Turkey had 52 defense projects which are now more than 700. At that time, the defense production budget was 5.5 billion dollars, which is 75 billion dollars today. He said that bilateral trade with Pakistan will exceed 4 billion dollars this year. Pakistan and Turkey are among the few countries that can build warships. are developing.
He said that the relationship between Pakistan and Turkey will get further boost in defense production industry, Corvette Muljum is a link in this chain. He said that we want to promote relations with Pakistan in all sectors including defense production, the joint project for Pakistan Navy is a beacon for us, I congratulate the engineers and experts who made this project a reality.
Admiral Amjad Khan Niazi, the Chief of the Pakistan Navy, while addressing the ceremony, said that it is a matter of honor and pride that the newest ship for the Pakistan Navy is being inaugurated, it is an important milestone on which he will meet the President and Prime Minister of Turkey Shahbaz. Congratulations Sharif. He said that the presence of the top leadership of both countries is a reflection of Pakistan-Turkey close relations, Pakistan and Turkey have special historical relations that have stood the test of time, this is also reflected in the defense cooperation between the two countries. happening
He said that out of the four corvette ships being built for the Pakistan Navy, two are being built in Istanbul Naval Shipyard and two in Karachi. PNS Babar was inaugurated in Istanbul in August 2022, while the second ship was completed in Karachi in May, the inauguration ceremony of which was attended by the Prime Minister of Pakistan and the Defense Minister of Turkey. He said that the Miljum project is not only a warship but also an important technology transfer project which is a link to the next generation of Jinnah class warships.
He said that this is an excellent manifestation of the sustainable relationship between the naval forces of the two countries. The chief of Pakistan Navy said that Pakistan's geographical location is important, peace and stability in its maritime boundaries in the region is important for us.
He said that this project will increase the defense capabilities of Pak Navy which will also ensure the development of international trade and economy. Defense Production Minister Israr Khan Tareen said in his address that the inauguration of the second Maljum class ship is welcome and reflects the brotherhood and strong defense cooperation between the two countries, this project is the need of the hour and both It will strengthen cooperation between countries.
Turkey's defense industry has developed in two decades under the leadership of President Erdoğan, many of Turkey's defense production enterprises are well-known around the world, 38 Turkish defense companies participated in the ideas. He said that we are facing security challenges in which the responsibility of the Navy has increased greatly.
He said that Pakistan and Turkey are similar in terms of faith and culture, both countries support each other's position on Kashmir and Cyprus, we stand shoulder to shoulder against all threats including terrorism. It will be a milestone in progress. Earlier, the Turkish President and the Governor of Istanbul welcomed the Prime Minister on his arrival at the shipyard.
A guard of honor was presented to the Prime Minister. President Erdoğan gave the badge of honor to the Prime Minister and introduced the Prime Minister to the Turkish authorities. At the beginning of the ceremony, the national anthems of the two countries were also played. It should be noted that the joint project based on joint cooperation between the two countries is an important milestone in the Pakistan-Turkey strategic partnership.
Earlier, the launch ceremony of the first corvette PNS Babar for Pakistan Navy was held in Istanbul in August 2021 while the foundation stone of the second ship Badr was laid in Karachi in May 2022. Federal Ministers Maryam Aurangzeb, Syed Naveed Qamar and Mohammad Asrar Tareen were also present on the occasion.
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