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Turkey blocks return of Dutch envoy, suspends high-level ties

ANKARA -UNS : Turkey will not allow the Dutch ambassador to Ankara to return and will suspend high-level ties until The Netherlands meets Turkey’s conditions over holding rallies abroad ahead of a referendum, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said. “It was decided that until the …

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Pakistan, Turkey expected to sign FTA in May 2017

ISLAMABAD -UNS – Pakistan and Turkey are expected to sign Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in May this year. According to officials, the agreement will enhance bilateral trade between the two countries. Both sides will share provisional list in the coming round of dialogue for reaching …

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Trade, transport, energy core areas of ECO, says Halil Ibrahim

ISLAMABAD -UNS – The 13th Economic Cooperation Organization  Secretary General Halil Ibrahim congratulated Prime Minister on his election as Chairman of the Summit and hoped that under his able leadership, the ECO will make further progress. He said the Summit is of prime importance for …

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Pakistan elected as Chairman ECO

ISLAMABAD -UNS – The 13th Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) summit has begun in Islamabad today [Wednesday]. The summit is focusing on enhanced economic cooperation and regional connectivity. All the ten member states including Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan besides a …

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Pak calls for intensified collaboration to exploit ECO potential

BY SAJJAD HUSSAIN ISLAMABAD  -Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called for intensified collaboration to exploit enormous potential of ECO to turn the region into a citadel of peace, progress and prosperity. Addressing the 13th ECO Summit 2017 in Islamabad on Wednesday after assuming its chairmanship, …

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ECO summit kicks off in Islamabad

BY IFTIKHAR MASHWANI ISLAMABAD – The 13th summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) has started in the Pakistani capital Islamabad today (Wednesday) to focus on enhanced economic cooperation and regional connectivity. All the ten member states including Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, …

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Global leaders arrive in Islamabad to attend ECO summit

BY IFTIKHAR MASHWANI ISLAMABAD – Arrival of foreign heads of state and governments to participate in ECO summit continues in Islamabad. Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Sharipovitch Jeenbekov arrived in Islamabad on Tuesday. He was warmly received at the airport by Minister for Inter Provincial …

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Pakistan welcomes Turkey’s desire to join CPEC

ANKARA -UNS : Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan would welcome Turkey to join the CPEC. Interacting with the media persons in Ankara, Turkey on Friday, he said Central Asian states and Turkey together could bring a boost to the CPEC. He said …

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Pak-Turkey Strategic Cooperation Council session will be held in Ankara today

ANKARA -UNS- The 5th Session of Pakistan-Turkey High Level Strategic Cooperation Council will be held in Ankara today (Thursday). Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim will co-chair the meeting. The two sides will discuss cooperation in diverse sectors. A number …

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Women Army officers finally allowed wearing hijab in Turkey

ISLAMABAD -UNS – In a landmark development today in Turkey, the army officers have finally been allowed wearing headscarves as the ban was removed on Wednesday. The ban had been imposed through a regulation in 1982 that banned wearing headscarves at all workplaces including the …

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