ISLAMABAD Turkish President Abdullah Gul has shown keen interest in Pakistans JF-17 Thunder aircraft, a multi-role combat aircraft equipped with the state-of-the-art technology and is manufactured according to the present day defence requirements. Turkish President made these remarks in a meeting with a Pakistani defence delegation, led by Pakistans Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar who called on him, revealed a Defence Ministry handout issued here on Wednesday. President Gul also emphasised the need for initiating joint defence production projects between Pakistan and Turkey. He said that the existing strategic partnership between Pakistan and Turkey provided an opportunity for the joint ventures among the defence production organs of the defence forces of Pakistan and Turkey. Referring to the unprecedented economic growth that Turkey has been achieving over the last couple of years, Turkish President said we want the same type of economic development in Pakistan also and are prepared to help our brotherly country in every possible manner. Turkish President said he was personally motivating the Turkish investors to invest in Pakistans energy sector, adding that Pakistans coal reserves were third largest in the world and production of electricity from coal would be a viable project for the overseas investors, he maintained. The President also desired to expedite work on the US$ 20 billion railway project that would connect Pakistan with European market through Istanbul. Ch Ahmed Mukhtar thanked the Turkish President for personally monitoring Turkish investors projects in Pakistan. He appreciated the level of hospitality extended to his delegation and hoped that the brotherly relations between Pakistan and Turkey would be further enhanced in every field. Turkish Minister for National Defence Mr Vecdi Gonul and Pakistans Ambassador to Turkey Mr. Tariq Azizuddin were also present in the meeting.