FINANCE MINISTER HOLDS JOINT MEETING WITH THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTERS OF TURKEY Islamabad, November 17, 2016.

The Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, held a joint meeting with the Deputy Prime Ministers of Turkey, Mr. Yildirim Tugrul Turkes and Mr. Veysi Kaynak, at the Prime Minister's House today to discuss matters of bilateral interest between Pakistan and Turkey.

Both sides appreciated the exemplary brotherly relationship between Pakistan and Turkey. It was agreed by both sides that all necessary measures should be undertaken to further enhance bilateral trade and economic cooperation.

The Finance Minister acknowledged that the government and people of Turkey are always the first to reach and help Pakistan in our hour of need. He said that, in recent years, the First Lady of Turkey has played a leading and exemplary role in providing help to mitigate the suffering of citizens affected by natural disasters in Pakistan, including earthquakes and floods.

The Finance Minister said that Pakistan has achieved macroeconomic stability during the present government, and now the government is focused on stimulating economic growth. He said that the improvement in Pakistan's economy has been recognized by multilateral international organizations and international credit rating agencies, in the form of raised growth projections and credit rating upgrades. The Finance Minister praised the taxation model of Turkey and said that cooperation efforts are already being undertaken at the appropriate level to draw lessons from the Turkish experience.

The Deputy Prime Ministers of Turkey congratulated the Finance Minister on the achievement of economic stability in Pakistan within a short span of time. Deputy Prime Minister Yildirim Tugrul Turkes said that Turkey had undertaken its tax reforms in a business friendly manner, and Turkey would be happy to assist Pakistan in any way possible with its tax reforms.

Source: Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage.