Turkey determined to boost ties with Pakistan

By Burak Bir

ANKARA (AA) – Ankara is determined in its resolve to enhance existing brotherly relations with Pakistan, a top Turkish official said Friday.

"We are determined to develop our brotherly relationship with Pakistan for our mutual security as well as economic and cultural development," Communications Director Fahrettin Altun tweeted.

"Turkish-Pakistani relationship will not only benefit both nations but improve international peace and security," he said.

His remarks came after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan concluded his 2-day official visit to Pakistan.

Mentioning the mutual goal of increased economic ties and cooperation in defense and energy between the two countries, Altun noted that Turkey is ready to make positive contribution to various infrastructure and energy projects.

Referring to Pakistan's moves on easing the visa requirements for Turkish citizens and Turkey's far-reaching humanitarian and cultural activities in the country, he said: "These will allow our cultural exchanges to deepen our relationship."