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9th D-8 Summit Pakistan seeks enhanced trade, economic ties with D-8 members PM Abbasi invites Turkish entrepreneurs to invest in Pakistan.

ISTANBUL -- With focus on upgrading its communications, energy infrastructure, and enhancing regional connectivity under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Pakistan on Friday sought enhanced trade and economic partnerships with D-8 member states through stronger rail, road, air and sea links, a win-win for all.

'Connectivity-led growth is a good example of South-South cooperation. We seek similar partnerships with D-8 member states - through road and rail routes, where possible but also through stronger air and sea connections,' Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said while addressing the Opening Session of 9th D-8 Summit being hosted by Turkey in Istanbul with the theme 'Expanding Opportunities through Cooperation'.

Besides Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Nigerian President Mohammad u Buhari, Azerbaijani Leader Ilham Aliyev, Iran's first Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri and the Vice President of Indonesia Jusuf Kalla attended the 9th D-8 Summit.

The Summit adopted the Istanbul Declaration 2017 and the D-8 Istanbul Plan of Action to inject further dynamism into the pace of progress of the Organization.

The D-8 leadership took stock of progress in all areas, and expressed the hope that implementation of projects and programmes would make the partnership visible and tangible to the peoples of the member States.

In the Summit's Opening Session, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi handed over the Chairmanship of D-8 Organization to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Before that Pakistan was the Chairman of D-8 Organization which has representation of eight developing Countries including Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.

'Mr. President, I congratulate you on assuming the Chair of the D-8 Summit. I am confident that your wisdom, sagacity, dynamism and firm commitment will bring new vigour to the D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation,' Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said.

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Date:Oct 21, 2017
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