Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that Turkish President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan will bring many investors from his country during his Pakistan visit on an invitation, which he accepted during Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent visit to Ankara. Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, Qureshi said the two-day official visit to Turkey remained very successful, during which PM Imran had one-to-one and delegation level discussions with the Turkish leadership. Foreign Minister Qureshi accompanied the premier in the Ankara visit.
He said President Erdogan had accepted PM Imran’s invitation to visit Pakistan and vowed to bring many potential investors from his country along with him. Qureshi said the one-to-one meeting between the two leaders, which was initially scheduled to last 30 minutes, lasted for two and a half hours. The minister said that the Turkish president also expressed his pleasure over the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s decision of declaring Pak-Turk Education Foundation – a group backed by Fethullah Gulen – a banned outfit. The apex court had ordered to hand over custody of all 28 Pak-Turk schools in Pakistan to the Turkiye Maarif Foundation (TMF) last month.
President Erdogan also said that transfer of Pak-Turk schools to the TMF is a great example of strong relationships between the two countries, said Qureshi, adding that the Turkish leader also thanked the people and government of Pakistan for that gesture. The foreign minister said a high level cooperative council will also be established between the two countries. Foreign ministers of the two countries will meet in the midst of this year to work out the modalities of the council, he added. Qureshi said a trilateral summit will also be held in Istanbul between Pakistan, Turkey and Afghanistan. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has also responded positively to attend the summit, he added.