Islamabad: Pakistan has sought Turkey’s mediation over resetting its relations with the United States as well as facilitation in materializing the deal with the NATO/ISAF on reopening their ground supplies to Afghanistan, diplomatic sources said on Tuesday.
“ Turkish Prime Minister has assured to consider Pakistan’s request”, sources said adding that such help would be an added advantage to Pakistan in negotiating new rules of engagements with the US/ NATO/ISAF in line with recommendations of its parliament.
Both Islamabad and Ankara have also agreed to boost efforts in further strengthening the bilateral relations and cooperation in various fields including politics, defence and security, culture and tourism, education, energy, Railway communications, shipping, finance and banking and trade and investment.
In a joint declaration issued by the two sides on the conclusion of deep delectations expressed desire of giving further impetus to the excellent relations between the two countries and for translating the gains arising out of their partnership for peace and prosperity into a more meaningful, mutually beneficial, long term cooperation in the economic and commercial areas.
Endorsing the results of the meetings of Joint Working Groups of the High Level Cooperation Council held in Islamabad on 19 and 20 May 2012 and at the 14th Joint Economic Commission held in Islamabad on 21 May 2012 agreed to enhance political cooperation.
It said that The High Level Cooperation Council should continue to be utilized as a major political forum to steer bilateral relations in all spheres through intensive exchanges at the leadership level, parliamentarians, media representatives and businessmen. Both sides also agreed to continue mutual support at regional and international forums with annual consultations at the level of Foreign Ministers to be held alternately in Ankara and Islamabad. The first meeting will be hosted by Pakistan in Islamabad in the last quarter of 2012.
In Security and Defence Cooperation; both sides agreed to broaden cooperation between their security agencies in the fields of counter terrorism and drug trafficking especially in the areas of capacity building and exchange of experience. While the armed forces of the two countries would intensify their ongoing cooperation while defence related industries would focus on joint defence production and related research and development activities.
Similarly, both the countries have agreed to enhance cooperation in Finance and Banking through exchange of information and experience in various areas. As regards implementation modalities, both sides have agreed the seven Joint Working Groups of the High Level Cooperation Council shall continue their work to develop specific programmes and projects. During the Second Meeting of High Level Cooperation Council, a number of MoUs/agreements on cooperation in various fields were signed. The next meeting of the High Level Cooperation Council shall be held in Ankara in 2013. The dates shall be agreed upon through diplomatic channels.