Pakistan and Turkey decide to transform bilateral ties into a strong strategic partnership

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Turkey reiterated on Friday their firm determination to transform bilateral fraternal relations into a strong strategic partnership between the two countries.

A joint statement issued at the conclusion of the sixth session of the Pakistan-Turkey High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council in Islamabad, reaffirmed that the proven and unequaled relationship between the two countries is embedded in a common historical, religious and cultural heritage.

The two sides emphasized that bilateral fraternal relations are a sacred trust, which must be protected, nurtured and transmitted to successive generations as a common heritage.

The statement underlines the importance and centrality of the mechanism of the Turkey-Pakistan High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council in the expansion of Turkey-Pakistan bilateral relations, Radio Pakistan reported.

The leadership of the two countries welcomed the completion of the historic Pakistan-Turkey declaration of the strategic economic framework and action plan.

The joint statement reiterated the common resolution of the two countries to combat the scourge of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

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He stressed the need to address the root causes of terrorism, including resolving protracted conflicts and ending situations of foreign occupation.

Both countries reaffirmed that terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality or civilization; and calling for the scope of the UNSC 1267 sanctions regime to be extended to individuals and entities that are currently outside its scope.

The statement expressed deep concern over the rising tide of Islamophobia and condemned in recent terms the recent terrorist and racist attacks against Muslims around the world.

The leadership of the two countries recalled all the previous joint statements signed between the two parties within the framework of the Pakistan-Turkey High Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC), and the decisions taken in this regard.

The two countries will continue to cooperate and coordinate in regional and international forums, particularly the United Nations, the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (ICO), the Organization for Economic Cooperation (ECO) and Organization D-8, etc. through, among others, mutual support for joint initiatives, policies and candidacies.

The two sides agreed to work together bilaterally and in the global forums to address the threats posed by the adverse effects of climate change and explore ways to improve cooperation regarding the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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