Turkey, Pakistan finalize talks on free trade agreement
Turkey and Pakistan have finalized negotiations on a free trade agreement and both countries wish to sign the deal at the earliest possible date, Turkish Minister of Customs and Trade Bülent Tüfenkci has said.
The minister met Pakistan’s Commerce Minister Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, accompanied by a delegation, at the ministry on Oct. 27.
“I believe that trade relations [with Pakistan] will and must boost, thanks to the sincere brotherhood,” Tüfenkci added.
He also conveyed his appreciation for the Pakistani authorities.
“Investment by Turkish firms in Pakistan increases day by day. In this context, we are pleased to observe Pakistani authorities’ support for Turkish entrepreneurs,” said the minister.
Tüfenkci underscored the “importance” Turkey gives to a proposed regional trade corridor linking Islamabad, Tehran and Istanbul.
Turkey’s minister also praised Pakistan for its support against the Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ).
For his part, Malik emphasized deep-rooted relations with Turkey.
“We have relations dating back to old times and share common ground,” the statement quoted the Pakistani minister as saying.