ISLAMABAD Pakistan and Turkey have condemned terrorism and extremism in all its forms and manifestations and reiterated their resolve to jointly fight the menace of terrorism and other social evils. Both the states with deep-rooted relations also decided to form a joint High-Level Cooperation Council (HLCC) to increase practical cooperation in political, diplomatic, economic, energy, cultural, security and military fields between the two brotherly states. Addressing a joint press conference here on Sunday with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said that he briefed the Turkish Premier on countrys comprehensive strategy against extremism and militancy. Both the brotherly states renewed their commitment to jointly counter terrorism and other social evils, he added. Responding to a question, Prime Minister Gilani said that there was unanimity of views between the two sides to jointly fight the menace of terrorism because both the countries were victims of the menace. He said Turkey had facilitated tripartite meeting between Pakistan, Turkey and Afghanistan and this forum would facilitate in evolving a common strategy to combat terrorism. He said Turkey would also be holding a regional conference shortly, which would help formulate a strategy to collectively fight the menace of terrorism eating up the global peace. He further informed that both the states also agreed to constitute a High-Level Cooperation Council (HLCC) to be co-chaired by the prime ministers of both states. Its session would be held twice a year to review the wide range of relations between Pakistan and Turkey and the ways and means to boost these ties. He appreciated Turkeys constructive role in Afghanistan and said Pakistan looked forward for a continued engagement for ensuring prosperity and development in the region. He said, We have focused on peace and stability as well as coordinated efforts for trans-regional cooperation and joint projects. Pakistan and Turkey had decided to upgrade their comprehensive strategic partnership and intensify political, economic and trade cooperation, he said. He said, It has also been decided to re-energise our trade relations cognisant of the pivotal role of the private sectors in trade enhancement and economic development. The Prime Minister said, We have agreed to launch a chief executive officers forum. The forums meeting will be held on the sidelines of the leadership level visits, which will help unleash potential of private sector. He said, Pakistan greatly values strategic relationship with Turkey which is rooted in our shared interest, common concerns and perceptions on regional and international issues. He lauded the Turkish Premiers commitment to further strengthening the special relationship with Pakistan and assured Pakistans steadfast support in achieving common objective. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan in his opening remarks said, We have discussed all the matters in depth including cooperation in host of areas including politics, culture and commerce. He said joint ventures, especially in the field of defence, also came under discussion. We have also discussed to promote cooperation in the defence production to further deepen our relations, he added. He said both the countries were supporting each other at all the regional and internal forums and this reflected the long history of their cooperation. He said there was a commitment on both sides to create a joint platform to combat terrorism and added that the intelligence agencies of both the countries were already having excellent working relations and information sharing. To a question, he said that Pakistan was playing a pivotal role in combating the menace of extremism and terrorism. This menace has no religion and recognises no border and should be condemned in all its manifestations, he added. He pointed out that both the countries were passing through difficult times and could surpass it by mutual cooperation and support in various fields. Referring to the economic cooperation, Tayyip Erdogan said the trade volume between the two countries currently stood at $ 741 million, which would surely be enhanced in the future. He expressed the confidence that the trade volume with Turkey would grow to $ 2 billion in the next two years. He was confident that the Turkish private sector would play an important role in the development of infrastructure and communication sector in Pakistan. To a question, Gilani said that all the institutions were properly functioning and there was no threat to the incumbent political dispensation and democracy. About relations with neighbouring countries, the Prime Minister said that Pakistan wanted cordial relations with all neighbouring countries. He further stressed the need to resolve regional issues at regional level. The Turkish Prime Minister, to a question, said that his country would send 1,700 troops to Afghanistan for logistics support and to help establish peaceful environment in the country. Earlier, Prime Minister Gilani held talks with Turkish Prime Minister and discussed the gamut of bilateral relations in various areas. Matters relating to the regional security and international issues also came under discussion during the meeting. The two countries expressed commitment to fight against terrorism jointly to combat the menace for maintenance of peace and security in the region. During the talks, Prime Minister Gilani was assisted by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Commerce Minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin while Tayyip was assisted by his cabinet members.