ISTANBUL, 11 October 2016: At the invitation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Water & Power and Defence, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, is attending the 23rd World Energy Congress being held in Istanbul from 9-13 October 2016. Presidents of Russia, Azerbiajan, Venezuela, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and energy ministers of many countries are attending the meeting.

On the sidelines of the Congress, Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, accompanied by Pakistan’s Consul General in Istanbul Dr. Yusuf Junaid, called on Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. Turkish Prime Minister re-assured the Pakistani delegation of Turkish Government’s support in the development of energy sector in Pakistan and encouraging Turkish companies to play an increased role in the process.

Khawaja Muhammad Asif specially thanked Turkish Prime Minister and people of Turkey for standing by Pakistan at a time when there is a tension on the Eastern borders and appreciated Turkey’s consistent support for the Kashmir issue. He also fecilitated Turkish leadership on emerging even more stronger after the attempted failed military coup of 15 July. Turkish Prime Minister thanked Pakistani leadership for showing strong solidarity with Turkey.