LAHORE Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif called on Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara separately on Tuesday. Matters of mutual interest came under discussion as Shahbaz called for transforming existing close bonds into trade and economic ties. During his meeting with Gul at Aiwan-e-Sadar, the Turkish president promised to continue and expand cooperation with Pakistan. Earlier, Shahbaz had a 50-minute one-on-one meeting with Premier Erdogan. Later, MPAs Mian Mohsin Latif and Khawaja Salman Rafique, Khawaja Ahmed Hassaan besides Ambassador of Pakistan in Turkey Tariq Aziz-ud-Din also joined the two leaders. Shahbaz thanked Erdogan for generous assistance by the Turk government and people to the flood affectees. He said Turkey had proved its love and affection by providing maximum help after the 2005 earthquake in 2005 and the recent flood. Turkey is a brotherly Islamic country of Pakistan and their relations have stood the test of time. The way Turk government and people helped Pakistan in the hour of need is unforgettable, he said, while apprising the Turkish PM of the efforts being made by the Punjab government for the rehabilitation of the flood-hit people. Erdogan said Turkey would continue to play its role for the relief and rehabilitation of the flood victims in various provinces of Pakistan, including Punjab. Turkey and Pakistan have deep-rooted relations, which will further grow with the passage of time.