Pak looks to involve Turkey in CPEC as Erdogan arrives
Premier personally drives Turkish president, first lady from airport to PM House
Pakistani, Turkish businessmen sign agreements for joint ventures

Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: In a bid to strengthen bilateral strategic partnership, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and First Lady Emine Erdogan arrived in Pakistan on Thursday on a two-day visit and were received by Prime Minister Imran Khan at the Nur Khan Airbase.
The premier personally drove the special foreign guests from the airport to the Prime Minister House, where the Turkish president was presented a guard of honour by a smartly turned-out contingent of armed forces in the presence of senior cabinet members and government officials.
Ahead of Erdogan’s arrival, strict security arrangements were made in the federal capital and special posters were placed at various areas in his honour. 2,000 police personnel and officers were on duty for maintaining peace during his visit.
He also held a meeting with President Dr Arif Alvi.
According to the Foreign Office (FO), the Turkish president is visiting Pakistan for underscoring “traditional solidarity and affinity” between the two countries and further “deepening and broadening of the flourishing Pakistan-Turkey strategic partnership”.
Erdogan, who is accompanied on the trip by his cabinet members, senior government officials and leading Turkish business figures, would co-chair with Prime Minister Imran the 6th session of the Pakistan-Turkey High Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC), address a joint session of parliament on Friday for the record fourth time and speak at the Pakistan-Turkey Business and Investment Forum.
Talking to Anadolu Agency, Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan Mustafa Yurdakul said that President Erdogan’s visit to Islamabad is a historic event and “a major step towards exemplary bilateral ties between the two countries”.
Prime Minister Imran is expected to invite Turkey to join the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). In an interview with a Turkish newswire, he had said, “We hope to involve them in using CPEC for further connectivity, and we hope to involve Turkey in this [CPEC]”.
The Turkish ambassador said that CPEC is nearly completed and that Turkey is interested in becoming a part of special economic zones which will be established under the project.
Meanwhile, on the first day of a Turkish business delegation’s visit to the country, a number of memorandums of understanding (MoUs) and agreements for business cooperation and joint ventures were signed between the businessmen of two countries.
Witnessing the signing ceremony on Thursday, Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce, Industries and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood said that a few of these would be materialised in the near future.
The adviser, who witnessed the business to business (B2B) meetings of business from various sectors of the two counties, said that Pakistani software development house Locopixel has successfully closed a deal to develop an agriculture technology solution for Turkish vegetable seed breeder Manier Seeds.
“Hititi Computer Service of Turkey, which provides aviation IT services to at least 30 international airlines and is the biggest partner of the Pakistan International Airline (PIA) for Passenger Services System (PSS) and catering, has finalised a contract with the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) for opening an incubation center in the first science and technology park to be developed in Pakistan,” the adviser said in a tweet.
According to officials, the Joint Working Group of Pakistan and Turkey on Trade and Investment was held between the delegations of the two sides. The delegation of both countries explored various opportunities for trade and investment between both countries. The joint working group also finalised two MoUs.