ISLAMABAD Vowing to jointly defeat menace of terrorism, Pakistan and Turkey, during the Summit level talks on Wednesday, geared up mutual endeavour to upgrade rail and road links through Iran for boosting trade and economic ties. We have decided to pay special attention to re-energise our trade relations and are determined to fully exploit it for the mutual benefit of our peoples and meet the agreed targets, said President Asif Ali Zardari in a joint stakeout with his Turkish counterpart Abudllah Gul. Consequent upon the delegation level talks at the Presidency, the two countries also signed three bilateral MoUs for agro-based industries cooperation, joint investments and on mutual planning. The two Presidents condemned extremism and terrorism and reiterated their resolve to jointly defeat this menace that continues to claim innocent lives. The Turkish President described the parleys as excellent and hoped that these would pave the way for strengthening ties in all areas, expediently. During the talks, the two sides shortlisted sectors for enhanced cooperation including economy, trade, investment, agriculture, infrastructure development, industry, culture, education, defence and people-to-people contacts. The Turkish President said the two countries had already initiated a freight train service and would also improve the rail infrastructure to reduce time of travel. He also mentioned cooperation in energy projects and said the business delegation accompanying him will discuss the matter with their Pakistani counterparts. He was of the view that the level of political relations was not reflected in the economic ties. But he was hopeful that the two countries will not only achieve the target of US$ 2 billion by 2012, but also can go to US$ 5 billion. Gul appreciated President Zardaris idea of starting a freight carriageway between Pakistan and Turkey, and said it would boost the trade between the two countries. He said in his one-on-one meeting with President Zardari and also in the delegation level talks, the two sides discussed regional stability and economic development. President Zardari also briefed President Gul on Pakistans comprehensive campaign against extremism and militancy and mentioned the remarkable success of the military operations in Swat, Malakand and South Waziristan. We were able to evolve consensus across the board to defeat terrorism and militancy, he said. He said that the success was the result of national unity and immense sacrifices of the people and brave soldiers of Pakistan. President Zardari said he and President Gul hold identical views on Afghanistan. We will continue to lend our sincere support to Afghanistans national efforts to achieve durable peace, prosperity and sustainable development, he said. He said Pakistan greatly values its strategic partnership with Turkey, which is rooted in shared interests, common concerns and convergence of perceptions on regional and global issues. President Zardari also underlined the public-private partnership model of development adopted by Pakistan that, he said, could open new horizons of cooperation between Pakistan and Turkey. According to Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar, President Zardari suggested that the train may be named after the Turkish President as 'Gul Train. He said the proposed 6500 km Islamabad-Istanbul rail link would vastly improve regional connectivity. As decided during the ECO Ministerial meeting in Tehran in March last year, the demonstration run of the Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul container train was launched on August 14 last year. Later, Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani hosted a lunch in honour of the Turkish President and also held bilateral talks with him. He expressed satisfaction with across the board deepening of Pakistan-Turkey bilateral ties. The Prime Minister underlined the need for translating the existing goodwill and broadening the cooperation in the trade and economic sectors. He, in this regard, identified enhancement of bilateral trade, upgradation of Pakistan-Iran-Turkey railway track, road links, joint production, and manufacturing of military hardware by the two countries. The Prime Minister also called for enhanced cooperation in the fields of science and technology, education, culture through promotion of linkages between the institutions of higher learning of two countries. He expressed the governments strong desire for benefiting from Turkish experiences in carrying out Madrassah Reforms. Prime Minister appreciated Turkeys lead role in friends of democratic Pakistan forum and hoped that with the establishment of Turkish International Cooperation Agency (TICA) office in Islamabad, would extend scope to mutual benefit. The Turkish President appreciated Prime Ministers role in building national consensus on important political issues and strengthening the democratic institutions in the country. He assured the Prime Minister that he would like the rail link between Pakistan and turkey to start operation by next August. He said that Turkey would help Pakistan in upgrading its existing railway track linking Quetta with Iran. Dilating upon the OICs Standing Committee on Economic Cooperation he called for Pakistan and Turkey to proceed with (COMSEC) decisions even if, OICs members countries still remained indecisive in their implementation. President Abdullah Gul said that role of the governments is to pave the way for the private sectors to undertake infrastructure projects and that was why he had brought along a large high level Turkish entrepreneur delegation. He said Turkey would help Pakistan in overcoming the power shortages by setting up floating power plants at Karachi shore to provide 200 MW of electricity. He also offered Turkish assistance to Pakistan in building small dams on Pakistani canals and streams for the hydel power generation which Turkey itself had undertaken on the large scale basis in the past. President Gul also agreed with the Prime Minister over joint projects in defence production fields and he assured the Prime Minister of bilateral cooperation by way of supporting each other candidatures in the international Forum.