PM Shehbaz, Erdogan launch jointly-produced PNS Khaibar

Prime minister arrives in Turkiye on two-day visit, will also interact with leaders of Turkish business community
Nov 25, 2022

Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif was presented with a guard of honor by the Turkish Navy while the national anthem of both countries were played as he arrived in Istanbul on Friday to inaugurate the jointly-produced Corvette Ship PNS Khaibar.

He was received by Turkiye President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the two walked the red carpet as a Turkiye Naval band played and a smartly-turned out contingent of the Turkish Navy presented a guard of honor.

Later, the Turkish Naval band played the national anthem of Pakistan, Pak Sar Zameen. It was followed by the Turkish national anthem.

It was followed by the ceremony to launch the ship.

Earlier on Friday, Shehabaz arrived in Istanbul for a two-day official visit to Turkiye at the invitation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Two-day trip

The prime minister is leading a high-level delegation on a two-day tour of Turkiy.

Alongside President Erdogan, PM Shehbaz Sharif will jointly inaugurate the third of the four MILGEM Corvette Ships for the Pakistan Navy’s PNS Khaibar at the Istanbul Shipyard.

The two leaders will also hold wide-ranging discussions encompassing bilateral relations, regional situations and other issues of common interest.

The prime minister will interact with leaders of the Turkish business community.

The president of the ECO Trade and Development Bank (ETDB) will also call on the prime minister during his stay in Istanbul.

Pakistan and Turkiye enjoy fraternal ties deeply embedded in commonalities of faith, culture and history and underpinned by exceptional cordiality and mutual trust.

The MILGEM project, based on joint collaboration between the two countries, represents a significant milestone in the Pakistan-Turkiye strategic partnership that continues to progress on an upward trajectory.

The launching ceremony for the first Corvettefor the Pakistan Navy, PNS Babur, was performed in Istanbul in August 2021 while the groundbreaking for the Second Ship, PNS Badr, was held at Karachi in May 2022.

Frequent leadership level exchanges are a defining feature of the eternal bonds of Pakistan-Turkiye friendship.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif earlier visited Turkiye in May-June 2022.


PM Shehbaz Sharif


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