Turkey role model for Islamic states: Gilani

Turkey has been a role model for the Islamic states because of its efforts towards strengthening democracy, Pakistan`s PM Gilani said.

Updated: May 22, 2012, 16:57 PM IST

Turkey has been a role model for the Islamic states because of its efforts towards strengthening democracy, Pakistani 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 on 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 on Sunday on a three-day official visit.

IANS