LAHORE - The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, along with a high-powered delegation of CEOs of Turkish Companies is planning to visit Pakistan in near future to finalise a number of MoUs to expedite trade and economic relations between the two countries. This was stated by the Turkish Ambassador Mustaf Babur Hizlan was speaking at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Thursday. LCCI Senior Vice President Ejaz A Mumtaz, Honrary Consul General of Turkey Mian Tajjamal Hussain, former LCCI Presidents Bashir A Baksh, Mian Muzaffar Ali and former Senior Vice Presidents Sohail Lashari and Yaqoob Tahir Izhar also spoke on the occasion. The Ambassador said that the ongoing month of October was important in many ways as a number of high-profile people including the Commander of Turkish Armed Forces were due to visit Pakistan. He said that quite a few sector-specific agreements were likely to be finalised during these visits. He said that air-links had always been very important as far as the issues of economic ties are concerned therefore Turkish authorities were also working on a direct flight of Turkish Airlines from Lahore as presently there was no direct flight from Lahore. He said that the joint Pak-Turk Economic Commissions scheduled for this month in Islamabad after seven years was a major breakthrough. This clearly proves that Turkey has high interest in increasing the bilateral trade. The Ambassador said that Pakistan and Turkey, for having a lot of potential, could join hands in various sectors including engineering, automobiles, textiles and infrastructure development for the mutual benefit of the two countries. He said Pakistan and Turkey were tied with each other by centuries old historical linkages and enjoy excellent diplomatic relations based on political and religious considerations. Although both countries dont share borders but the relations between us are exemplary. He urged the LCCI office-bearers to arrange a delegation to Turkey so that the businessmen could be able to have first-hand knowledge of the opportunities available there.