Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif arrived in Turkey on a two-day official visit, Geo News reported on Friday.
The Prime Minister was received by the Deputy Governor of Istanbul, senior Turkish civil and military officials and diplomats of the Pakistani Embassy and Consulate at the Islamabad International Airport.
The Prime Minister is visiting at the invitation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
According to a statement released by the Foreign Office, along with President Erdogan, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will jointly inaugurate the third of four MILGEM corvette ships for the Pakistan Navy, PNS Khaibar, at Istanbul Shipyard.
The two leaders will also hold wide-ranging talks on bilateral relations, the regional situation and other issues of common interest, the statement said.
During his stay in Istanbul, the president of ECO Trade and Development Bank (ETDB) will call on the prime minister, FO said, adding that the prime minister will also communicate with the leaders of the Turkish business community.
Pakistan and Turkey enjoy brotherly ties deeply embedded in the commonality of faith, culture and history and underpinned by exceptional cordiality and mutual trust, the FO said.
The MILGEM project, based on joint cooperation between the two countries, represents a significant milestone in the Pakistan-Turkey strategic partnership, which continues to progress on an upward trajectory.
It is pertinent to mention that the launching ceremony of the first corvette for the Pakistan Navy, PNS Babur, was performed in Istanbul in August 2021, while the foundation-laying of the second ship, PNS Badr, was held in Karachi in May 2022.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif last visited Turkey in May-June 2022.