3. Turkey, Pakistan sign healthcare deal
Turkey, Pakistan sign healthcare deal

Turkey, Pakistan sign healthcare deal

Senior Pakistani official confirms that countries will operate 'comprehensive' health management agreement


Turkey and Pakistan have signed a new deal on healthcare cooperation.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency on Friday, Chief Minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif confirmed the two countries would share knowledge, personnel and expertise.

“We have signed a very comprehensive agreement aiming at improving health facilities such as health management, service of patients, procurement of medicine, drop-testing labs, training nurses etc.,” Sharif said.

Sharif also commented on Turkey-Pakistan relations, saying: “We have a bright and secure future.”

“We were the first nation in the world to issue condemnation over the [July 15] coup attempt,” he added.

Regarding Gulen-linked schools in Pakistan, Sharif said: “When [Turkey’s] AK Party parted ways from the Gulenists, we stopped further expansion of the schools in Punjab. In fact, we cancelled a couple of permissions for them to establish a university. All [Gulen] schools are taken away from Punjab,” he said.

“Nothing can be supported in Pakistan [which is] against Turkey. Turkey’s enemies are our enemies,” he added.

Turkey has also been helping Pakistan train its special forces to combat terrorism. Sharif confirmed that Turkish police train counter-terrorism and Dolphin Force police teams in Punjab.

Sharif is scheduled to meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in Istanbul on Saturday.