Turkey role model for Islamic states: Gilani

May 22nd, 2012 - 3:42 am ICT by IANS  

Yousuf Raza Gilani Islamabad, May 22 (IANS) Turkey has been a role model for the Islamic states because of its efforts towards strengthening democracy, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said.

He said Turkey has emerged as a modern society while retaining its distinct features and heritage. Gilani made the remarks after visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed a joint session of parliament Monday, Geo TV reported.

“We are determined to steer our partnership to even greater heights. Our bilateral trade stood at $1 billion last year. Our endeavour is to enhance it to $2 billion by end of this year,” Gilani said.

“We will also follow footsteps of Turkey to strengthen democracy. The goodwill between both countries provides a unique platform to further solidify strong ties,” he added.

The Turkish prime minister arrived here Sunday on a three-day official visit.

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