PM Imran reaches Turkey on two-day visit

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United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he wanted a "great relationship" with Pakistan and was looking forward to meeting the "new leadership", but also said, serving as a reminder of where he and most Americans stood on ties with the one-time ally, "they (Islamabad) house the enemy. take care of them".

Pakistan and the U.S. are discussing plans to hold a maiden meeting between Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Donald Trump but it hinges on the "positive outcome" of the Pakistan-brokered talks to strike a peace deal in Afghanistan, a senior official here said.

"I look forward to the summit meeting inshallah [God willing] in Istanbul where we hope that Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey will be able to help in this [Afghan] peace process. a much badly needed peace", Prime Minister Khan said.

It is expected that the prime minister's visit to Turkey will bring some respite in the prevailing economic crunch in Pakistan as some memoranda of understanding on trade and investment are likely to be inked between the two sides.

Erdogan further said, "We express our happiness with Pakistan's Supreme Court's decision to declare FETO a terror organisation".

USA special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has held at least three rounds of talks with Taliban officials in recent months in the Middle East, although the militants have refused to talk directly to the Afghan government. I think it was water, we were just paying to Pakistan. PM Khan will also address a business forum and hold several meetings with Turkish businessmen and potential investors during his stay in Ankara.

Imran Khan pointed out that our exports remained stagnant due to flawed policies.

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"To take people out of poverty, we have to allow people to make money".

Hailing China as an example, he said the country had achieved what no other could in the history of mankind. He underscored the importance of ridding society of corruption.

The prime minister said his government realised hurdles faced by the Turkish businessmen in Pakistan and was focused to find solutions. "Corruption makes it hard for small and medium enterprises to flourish". "We assure you, you will find a completely different government", he added.

The premier and the Turkish president are expected to discuss the Afghan peace process, bilateral relations as well as regional and global situation. According to Foreign Office, Qureshi appraised Turkish foreign minister of Pakistan's efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. The dinner was hosted The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB).

"Two countries have historical relations and this visit would further strengthen ties and brotherhood between Islamabad and Ankara", Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan Ihsan Mustafa Yurdakul told Anadolu Agency. He enphasised that Pakistan was on its way to strengthening its system of governance.

Addressing the members of Turkish Business Council here, the prime minister said in 1960s, Pakistan was considered as the fastest growing economy and used to be shown as a real model of development.

Khan on Thursday visited the tomb of the 13th-century Sufi mystic Jalaladdin Rumi in the city of Konya.

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