Abbasi to land in Turkey today for D-8 Summit.
ISLAMABAD -- Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will leave for Turkey today to attend the D-8 Summit being held tomorrow (October 20).
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif is attending the 17th Council of Ministers meeting that will precede the summit, said a foreign ministry statement.
This is the ninth summit of eight developing countries that is Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.
Pakistan is the current chair of the D-8.
It assumed chair at the eighth Summit of D-8, held in Islamabad in November 2012.
Pakistan continued to hold the chair beyond the normal period of two years.
During Islamabad Summit in November 2012 two landmark documents were signed: the D-8 charter and global vision.
The prime minister 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, the statement said.
Major areas of cooperation in D-8 Charter are; industry, agriculture and food security, energy, trade, transportation and tourism.
The Istanbul Summit will inter-alia be an occasion to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the organization.
The prime minister is expected to interact with the leaders of D-8 member states on the sidelines of the summit.
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|Publication:||The Nation (Karachi, Pakistan)|
|Date:||Oct 19, 2017|
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