KARACHI: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is expected to arrive in Pakistan on an official visit next month, Turkish Consul General in Pakistan Tolga Uçak said.
Speaking at an event in Karachi, Uçak said that Erdoğan will bring along a delegate of Turkish businessmen to announce fresh investments in Pakistan. The populist president is expected to land in Islamabad on March 23 – the Pakistan Day.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, on his two-day maiden official visit to Turkey on the invitation of Turkish president earlier in January, formally invited Erdoğan to visit Pakistan.
Uçak observed that “bilateral ties between Pakistan and Turkey are deeply rooted in history” and the “two countries have always cooperated with each other in difficult times”.
He said that “Turkey seeks further business opportunities with Pakistan in all sectors including defence”.
It has emerged that Turkish officials – who had always expressed keen interest in joining the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) – were in touch with their Pakistani counterparts in matters pertaining to the game-changer project.
Meanwhile, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Bin Mohamad is also expected to visit Pakistan on the eve of Pakistan Day celebrations on March 23 after Premier Imran Khan extended an invitation to him in formal’s tour to Malaysia last year in November.