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PM Abbasi in Turkey to attend D-8 Summit

ISTANBUL: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was accorded a very warm welcome as he arrived here yesterday to lead Pakistan’s delegation at the 9th D-8 Summit being held in this historic Turkish city from October 19 to 21. He was received at the Ataturk Istanbul International airport by DeputyGovernor of Istanbul Mehmet Ali Ulutas. Ambassador of Pakistan in Turkey Muhammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi and senior embassy officials were also present. With Pakistan as the current chair of D8, an organization of eight developing nations including Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigerian, Pakistan and Turkey, was established in 1997. Pakistan assumed Chair at the 8th Summit of D-8, held in Islamabad in November 2012. Pakistan continued to hold the Chair beyond the normal period of two years. PM Abbasi will hand over the chairmanship of the D-8 Summit to Turkey. The Istanbul Summit is expected to adopt a Declaration and a Plan of Action.Major areas of cooperation in D-8 Charter are; (i) Industry (ii) Agriculture and Food Security (iii) Energy (iv) Trade (v) Transportation (vi) Tourism. The Istanbul Summit will, inter-alia, be an occasion to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Organization. –Agencies

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