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New rail track Islamabad to Istanbul

October 14, 2010

ISLAMABADTurkey and Pakistan on Wednesday came closer in materialising ideas of currency swap and upgrading of the existing railway track between the two countries via Iran.
The two countries moved further on cementing bilateral cooperation when Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on President Asif Ali Zardari at the Presidency on Wednesday.


According to media Spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar, the President, during the meeting, reiterated the proposal of up-gradation of railway line between the two countries and urged the Turkish Prime Minister to seriously consider the proposal. He said that Pakistan was eager to further enhance mutual cooperation between the two countries for taking maximum advantage of the existing potential of the two countries and to fully translate their equation into a strategic partnership. He said that railway line up-gradation project between the two countries was one such step for not only speedy transportation of the cargo but would also open new vistas of opportunities for the people and would contribute towards economic development. The President said that there was a need to urgently evaluate similar projects so that the next step that involved raising finances could be vigorously pursued. In this context the President also suggested a currency swap agreement between the two countries to facilitate business, trade and commerce.

Babar told the media persons that the President also felicitated Turkish Prime Minister on the vote for a series of democratic measures in the recently held referendum. He hailed the verdict on reform package as a triumph of democracy and democratic processes and recalled recent democratic reforms in the shape of 18th Constitutional Amendment in Pakistan.

The President also appreciated Turkish Government’s generous assistance, both in cash and kind, for providing relief to flood-hit people of Pakistan and also its pledge to actively participate in reconstruction and rehabilitation activities for the flood-affected people. He said that the Government and people of Pakistan greatly valued sensitivity and the support of the Turkish people and government at this hour of distress.

The President said that both the countries needed to aim at increasing their trade and investments equations and further cooperate especially in transport, telecommunications, manufacturing, tourism and other industries.

Discussing regional situation, the President said that Turkey had an important role to play for not only bringing in socio-economic development in the region but also for the stability of the region. He said that regional issues could be best addressed by regional powers and finding indigenous solutions.

Prime Minister Erdogan thanked the President for the warm welcome and said that Turkey would continue to support Pakistan and its people at every critical occasion and would actively participate in the reconstruction and rehabilitation phase for the flood affectees. He said that the Turkish government would consider the proposal of Currency Swap Agreement.TN.Turkey, Pak come closer on currency swap, railway track upgradation By: Afzal Bajwa | Published: October 14, 2010

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