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In pictures: Imran Khan's maiden visit to Turkey after becoming PM

PM Khan went to Konya where he visited tomb of renowned scholar Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi and laid a wreath at the grave.
Updated Jan 06, 2019 06:47pm

Prime Minister Imran Khan, who travelled to Turkey on a two-day official visit, said it was high time that Pakistan and Turkey took their bilateral trade to a high level, citing Pakistan's ideal geo-strategic location and its huge potential for investment in infrastructure and tourism.

He said as Pakistan was undertaking huge connectivity projects under China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the issue of huge distance impeding Pak-Turkish trade would be resolved.

Addressing a joint news conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Friday, Imran Khan said Pakistan wants to learn from Turkey's experience in housing, health, and education sectors for the benefit of common people.

Prior to landing in the Turkish capital, Imran Khan visited Turkish city of Konya where he visited the tomb of renowned jurists and Islamic scholar Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi and laid a wreath at the grave.

Prime Minister Imran Khan says it is time for Pakistan and Turkey to take their bilateral trade to new heights. —PID
Prime Minister Imran Khan says it is time for Pakistan and Turkey to take their bilateral trade to new heights. —PID

Prime Minister Imran Khan visited the mausoleum of great Sufi saint Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi and paid homage to him. —PID
Prime Minister Imran Khan visited the mausoleum of great Sufi saint Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi and paid homage to him. —PID

In an address to investors, Imran Khan said Pakistan is fixing its governance system and bringing ease of doing business and cutting its costs. —PID
In an address to investors, Imran Khan said Pakistan is fixing its governance system and bringing ease of doing business and cutting its costs. —PID

Prime Minister Imran Khan visits Anitkabir, the mausoleum of Turkish Republic's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. —AFP
Prime Minister Imran Khan visits Anitkabir, the mausoleum of Turkish Republic's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. —AFP

PM Imran Khan arrives for a wreath-laying ceremony in Anitkabir, the mausoleum of Turkish Republic's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. —AFP
PM Imran Khan arrives for a wreath-laying ceremony in Anitkabir, the mausoleum of Turkish Republic's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. —AFP

PM Imran Khan attends a wreath-laying ceremony in Anitkabir, the mausoleum of Turkish Republic's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, as part of an official state visit in Ankara. —AFP
PM Imran Khan attends a wreath-laying ceremony in Anitkabir, the mausoleum of Turkish Republic's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, as part of an official state visit in Ankara. —AFP

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomes Prime Minister Imran Khan ahead of their meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara. —AFP
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomes Prime Minister Imran Khan ahead of their meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara. —AFP

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomes PM Imran Khan ahead of their meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara. —AFP
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomes PM Imran Khan ahead of their meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara. —AFP

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and PM Imran Khan pose for the media before a meeting in Ankara. —AP
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and PM Imran Khan pose for the media before a meeting in Ankara. —AP

PM Imran Khan and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lead their respective delegations during talks in Ankara. —PID
PM Imran Khan and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lead their respective delegations during talks in Ankara. —PID

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and PM Imran Khan hold a joint press conference at the Presidential Complex in Ankara. —AFP
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and PM Imran Khan hold a joint press conference at the Presidential Complex in Ankara. —AFP