APP60-07 ISTANBUL: December 07 - Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Eerdogan. APP

LAHORE, Dec 07 (APP): Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif Monday called on Turk President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara and discussed national and regional matters.
According to a handout, Shehbaz Sharif congratulated the Turk President on the victory in election and said that the success of ruling party in election reflected unconditional
confidence in the performance of government and his leadership by the people of Turkey.
He said the support of Turk people and prayers of Pakistani people were included in this success. The Chief Minister said that he had come to Turkey with the felicitation message and congratulation on behalf of Pakistani people.
He said the tremendous progress made by Turkey during last 13 years was worth emulating for other countries.Shehbaz said the people of Pakistan were grieved over
the recent incidents of terrorism in Turkey. He said that a number of development projects were continuing in Pakistan with the cooperation of Turkey invarious sectors.
He said that metro bus and cleanliness arrangements in Punjab were a living proof of Pak-Turk cooperation. He expressed the hope that Turkey would continue similar
cooperation to Pakistan in other sectors particularly energy.He said that Turkey had always supported Pakistan in hour of trial and people of Punjab could not forget the spirit of
sacrifice of Turk leadership, traders and the people during flood of 2010.
The Chief Minister said that participation of 39 Turk companies in international investment conference held in Punjab was a welcome step. He said that Turk companies would be welcome in the mega project of repair and reconstruction of 20,000 kilometer
long roads in villages of Punjab.Turk President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaking on the
occasion said that Turkey considered Pakistan its best friend and Turk government and the people wanted to see Pakistan progressing under the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. He said that heart of Turkey beats with heart of
Pakistan, adding that their problems and joys were common.The Turkish president said that Pakistani people had equal rights over our resources and Turk people were always
ready to extend cooperation to Pakistan in every sector. Turk President lauded the development strategy of Punjab under the leadership of Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif and said that people of Punjab were lucky that they had
a hard working and honest leader like Shehbaz Sharif.