Stage set for Turkish President Erdogan’s historic address at Pakistan parliament

Stage set for Turkish President Erdogan’s historic address at Pakistan parliament
Islamabad: All preparation for a significant address of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the joint session of the Pakistan Parliament has been finalized, GNN reported.

Special invitations have also been sent to guests and media representatives to attend the session. The chief ministers and governors of all four province and Gilgit Baltistan, and Azad Kashmir prime minister are among those who have been invited.

Foreign envoy, heads of all the three services, chief justice of Pakistan, chief election commissioner and State Bank of Pakistan governor will also attend the joint session.

This is the fourth time that the Turkish president is going to address the Pakistan parliament as he had done so earlier in November 2016, May 2012 and October 2009.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Imran Khan and his cabinet members welcomed the Turkish president at Nur Khan Airbase. Later, the Pakistani premier drove himself the visiting dignitary to the Prime Minister House where he was presented a guard of honour.

The First Lady, Emine Erdogan, and a high delegation are also accompanying the president.

President Erdoğan is visiting the country on the invitation of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Foreign Office said in a statement.

During the visit, President Erdoğan will have a one-on-one meeting with PM Khan, the statement said. The two figures will then co-chair the 6th session of the Pakistan-Turkey High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC) in the joint cabinet format.

At the conclusion of the session, a Joint Declaration will be signed. A number of important agreements and MoUs are also expected to be signed during the visit. The two leaders will have a joint press stakeout.

President Erdoğan and Prime Minister Imran Khan will also address the Pakistan-Turkey Business and Investment Forum which brings together leading investors and business-people from both sides.

The Turkish president will separately meet President Arif Alvi.

The visit of President Erdogan will underscore the traditional solidarity and affinity between the two countries, according to the Foreign Office.

It’ll prove to be another significant milestone in the Pakistan-Turkey strategic partnership.