Sharif will meet Turkish President Abdullah Gul and his counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his visit. The two Prime Ministers will co-chair the third meeting of the High Level Cooperation Council (HLCC) in Ankara.

 "The HLCC provides a unique platform to give a long-term strategic direction to bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries of Pakistan and Turkey," an official statement said.

During his visit‚ the two countries will sign several MoUs and agreements covering a wide range of areas such as security, finance, housing, education, culture and trade. Sharif will also be conferred Turkey's highest state award.

Sharif's meetings with the Turkish leadership and his interaction with the Turkish businessmen would be an excellent opportunity to reinforce Pakistan's strong desire for forging a comprehensive strategic partnership with Turkey, a statement from Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

The meetings are aimed at bringing a qualitative and quantitative change in bilateral economic and trade relations, it added. The Prime Minister will also exchange views with the Turkish leadership on regional and global issues, particularly the developments in the Middle East, the statement said.


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