Turkey and Pakistan have drawn closer after a visit by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Ankara, where he was met by his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Several agreements were signed during the high level meeting, including plans for more flights between Turkey and Pakistan as well as reciprocal assistance in combating extremism.
The Turkish Minister of the Interior, Muammer Güler, welcomed efforts to strengthen policing capacity in Pakistan, commenting that Turkey would be able to provide assistance in cybercrime control, on the issue of radicalization, training of human resources, achieving a corruption-free environment, and further strengthening of institutions.
During the visit, Nawaz Sharif was awarded the ‘Jumhuriyet Nishan’ by President Abdullah Gul. The honour is Turkey’s highest civil award.