The foreign ministers of Pakistan, Turkey and Azerbaijan held their second trilateral meeting here on Wednesday, expressing their determination to deepen cooperation in various fields.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov attended the meeting. The 1st meeting was held in Baku, Azerbaijan, in November 2017.
Speaking at a joint press conference after the meeting, the foreign ministers said they explored possibilities of deepening trilateral cooperation in all areas of common interest, including peace and security, trade and investment, science and technology, education and cultural cooperation.
Qureshi said they also exchanged views on enhancing cooperation in the field of energy, environment and people to people contacts. He said special emphasis was made on increasing parliamentary and media exchanges among the three countries for better understanding and harmony.
Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu said on the occasion that the current trade volume between Pakistan and Turkey is much below the real potential of the two countries and this volume needs to be enhanced.
“Over 100 Turkish companies are currently working in Pakistan in diverse fields and we are encouraging more companies to come and invest in Pakistan,” Cavusoglu said.
According to the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan, the meeting concluded with the signing of the Islamabad Declaration by the three foreign ministers.
The ministers discussed the far-reaching implications for economic growth and public health due to the COVID-19 pandemic, agreed to exchange information, research, expertise and best practices, and called for enhanced international cooperation and solidarity to effectively and comprehensibly addressing the challenge, the declaration said.
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