PM Shehbaz wants to make CPEC a “trilateral arrangement.” Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif suggested on Friday that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) become a “trilateral arrangement” between Turkey, Pakistan, and Turkey so that all three countries could benefit from it.
He said these things at the Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works, where the third MILGEM Corvette built by Turkey was being put into service. He was the main guest at the event. The prime minister came to the big city this morning for a one-day visit.
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“With the growth of financial and industrial activities, trade activities could grow by a huge amount. With Gwadar as its centER, the CPEC project, which is still going on, will help us reach our goals of improving regional connections and increasing trade.
“I’d like to use this chance to suggest that CPEC be a deal between Turkey, Pakistan, and China, and that we all take advantage of its great potential to help our countries,” he said, assuring the other people there that the government was committed to building up maritime infrastructure.
At the start of his speech, PM Shehbaz praised the launch of the warship that was built with the help of a Turkish company. He also liked what Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and Navy Chief Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi did.
“This is yet another great example of Pakistan and Turkey working together under the very able and dynamic leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is not only a great brother and friend but also a great supporter of Pakistan’s cause. Under his leadership, our brotherly relations have reached much higher heights than before.”
The prime minister went on to say that the people could see how well Pakistan and Turkey were working together in all areas. He also said again that relations could be strengthened even more for the good of both countries.
PM Shehbaz said that today’s launch would make the ties between the Pakistan Navy and Turkish companies even stronger. “There will come a time when these ships and even bigger ones will be made with Turkish know-how and technology, as well as Pakistan’s own design program and ship plans.”
Again congratulating the naval chief and his team, he went on to say that Pakistan had a long coastline and a resource-rich maritime zone. He also said that maritime activities were currently centered on Karachi’s ports.
In a video message, the president of Turkey said that his country wanted to share its knowledge about defence with Pakistan. He said that the MILGEM project was an example of this.
He said that Pakistan was in a good spot in South Asia and that the Turkish people had a lot of respect for the country and its people. He said that, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the MILGEM project was done on time and without any problems.
Erdogan said, “These ships are equipped with the most advanced weapons and sensors.” He said he hoped that this would help strengthen ties between the two countries.
The Turkish defence minister spoke at the ceremony to mark the start of the project. He said that building ships under the project would help Pakistan’s military and contribute to peace and stability in the region and around the world.
He talked about the ships that will be built as part of the project and emphasized how important it is to have a “strong defence industry” and “effective and intimidating armed forces.” In this context, he also talked about how important technological independence was. He said, “I think we will help increase the number of these projects, which are important for both the security of our countries and their technological independence.”
“Under the leadership of President Erdogan, Turkey has made big steps forward in almost every area, especially in the defence industry,” he said, adding, “We are ready to share our experiences and defence industry products with our friends and partners.”
The defence minister said that Pakistanis have a special place in the hearts of Turkish people, and that “with the strength we get from the brotherly ties between our countries, we will keep working hard to bring our relations to high levels.”
“These ships will strengthen the ties of friendship, cooperation, and brotherhood between our countries and the sea power of the Pakistan Navy,” Akar said in closing.
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