Turkish President Fahri Koruturk arrived in Islamabad on Tuesday (18 November) for a week-long state visit to strengthen relations with Pakistan.
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Background: Turkish President Fahri Koruturk arrived in Islamabad on Tuesday (18 November) for a week-long state visit to strengthen relations with Pakistan.
The President, accompanied by a 60-member delegation including Foreign Minister Ihsan Sahri Caglayangil, received a 21-gun salute in a colourful arrival ceremony at Islamabad International Airport.
Pakistan's President Fazal Elahi Chaudhry, Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and most federal cabinet ministers were at the airport to welcome the first Turkish Head of State to visit the country in 11 years.
Although the visit is largely ceremonial, President Koruturk is regarded in Pakistan as a statesman and important political figure who will consolidate bilateral ties.
The President is having two rounds of talks with Prime Minister Bhutto in which both are expected to emphasise their common desire for new links in the economic, political and cultural fields.
The two countries are already firmly allied in the Central Treaty Organisation (CENTO) and the Organisation for Regional Cooperation and Development (RCD).
President Koruturk's only other trip abroad this year was significantly to Turkey's other RCD partner, Iran, last June.
The influential Pakistani newspaper, Dawn, said in an editorial on Tuesday that the President's visit highlighted the need for the three nations -- Turkey, Pakistan and Iran -- to consolidate their agreement.
Dawn said Pakistan had an overland trade agreement with Iran and the desirability of a similar arrangement with Turkey was recognised by both sides.
Turkey has recently purchased eight million U.S. dollars (4 million sterling) worth of rice from Pakistan and hopes trade will rise to 15 million dollars (7 1/2 million sterling) annually each way.