Pakistan, Turkey reiterate commitment to promote bilateral relations

Farmers' Convention, PM pledges max fiscal, technical assistance f farmers


Islamabad: Welcoming the delegation, Prime Minister Imran Khan highlighted historic fraternal ties between Pakistan and Turkey, marked by unique mutual trust and mutual support. The Prime Minister conveyed his cordial greetings for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the brotherly Turkish people. The Prime Minister also expressed deep concern over the forest fires in Turkey, reaffirmed Pakistan’s solidarity, and reiterated readiness to extend all possible assistance to help cope with this calamity. The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction at the existing level of bilateral defence cooperation. Prime Minister Imran Khan also thanked for Turkey’s strong and consistent support to Pakistan on all issues, particularly the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. On regional issues, Prime Minister Imran Khan shared Pakistan’s perspective on the Afghan peace process. Underlining that a negotiated political settlement was the only way forward, the Prime Minister expressed hope that the Afghan leaders would recognize the importance of international convergence on the way forward and achieve an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement. The Prime Minister stated that Pakistan will continue to make every effort to help advance the Afghan peace process and to realize a political solution. The Turkish Minister for Defence conveyed warm greetings from President Erdogan and reiterated Turkey’s support to Pakistan on all issues, including Jammu and Kashmir. He concurred with Prime Minister Imran Khan on enhancing cooperation in all areas to the mutual benefit of both the countries, inlcuding in the defence field. He also underlined Turkey’s efforts to promote a political solution in Afghanistan. Mr. Hulusi Akar is visiting Islamabad as part of frequent high-level exchanges between Pakistan and Turkey for consultations on important bilateral and regional issues. Prime Minister Imran Khan has said it is his vision to support farmers, enabling them to increase their income, which is critical to decrease poverty, bring down prices of essential items, and reduce inflation in the country.

Later on, addressing Farmers’ Convention in Bahawalpur today (Wednesday), he said the government is providing direct subsidy to farmers through Kissan Card to procure agri inputs. He said we have to help farmers by providing them fiscal assistance and technological support. He said the government believes in encouraging research in the agriculture sector to increase per acre yield.The Prime Minister assured the farmers to extend all possible assistance to them to bring prosperity to Pakistan. On the occasion, he distributed Kissan Cards among the farmers.Imran Khan also appreciated performance of the Islamia University Bahawalpur in promoting the culture of research, especially in the field of agriculture.

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