Turkey, Pakistan finalize talks on free trade agreement

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Published 27.10.2017 18:47
Updated 27.10.2017 18:50
Turkish Minister Bulent Tüfenkci met Pakistan's Commerce Minister Muhammad Pervaiz Malik on Oct. 27, 2017 (IHA Photo)
Turkish Minister Bulent Tüfenkci met Pakistan's Commerce Minister Muhammad Pervaiz Malik on Oct. 27, 2017 (IHA Photo)

Turkey and Pakistan finalized negotiations on free trade agreement Friday, Turkish customs and trade minister said.

According to a statement, Minister Bulent Tüfenkci met Pakistan's Commerce Minister Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, accompanied by a delegation, at the ministry.

"I believe that trade relations [with Pakistan] will and must boost, thanks to the sincere brotherhood," Tüfenkci added.

"Investment by Turkish firms in Pakistan increases day by day. In this context, we are pleased to observe the support of Pakistani authorities to Turkish entrepreneurs."

Tüfenkci underscored the "importance" Turkey gives to a proposed regional trade corridor linking Islamabad, Tehran and Istanbul.

Malik joined in emphasizing the deep-rooted relations with Turkey.

"We have relations dating back to old times and share common grounds," the Pakistani minister said.

Turkey's minister also praised Pakistan for its support against Fetullah Gülen Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), which planned and carried out the defeated coup attempt of July 15, 2016.

Pakistan's foreign minister Khawaja Asif met with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan earlier in the month to discuss bilateral cooperation in trade, economy and defense, as well as regional issues.

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