Our stance on Kashmir same as yours, says Turkish President
While addressing the joint session of the Pakistan Parliament, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that he was grateful for the warm welcome he received on his arrival in Islamabad yesterday.
“I want to thank Pakistan for inviting me to address its parliament. I am truly grateful to all Pakistanis for warmly welcoming us in Islamabad. I feel like I am home whenever I visit Pakistan. I want to thank Allah for uniting the leadership of Pakistan and Turkey,” he said.
He further said that the relations between Pakistan and Turkey are exemplary.
“We cannot forget the contribution and sacrifices of Muslims in the independence movement of Turkey. It is an honor for me to address you all today. The relations between these two countries will continue to flourish till end of times.”
Speaking on the issue of Kashmir he said, “Our stance on Kashmir same as yours.”
He further said that he has arrived in Pakistan with huge investment opportunities.
“I have huge investment opportunities for Pakistan that would help uplifting the economy further. Economic stability is not achieved in days but you have to work hard for years to attain it. The friendship between Turkey and Pakistan is based on love and brotherhood instead of interests. Our history is filled of golden opportunities,” he said.
Erdogan also commended Pakistan’s efforts to root out terrorism and extremism.
“We will continue supporting Pakistan in fighting terrorism.”
Referring to Trump’s peace plan, he said that it is a plan to occupy Palestine.
President Erdoğan was warmly welcomed by the parliamentary members. The national anthems of both countries were played in before the address of Erdoğan.
Foreign envoy, heads of all the three services, chief justice of Pakistan, chief election commissioner and State Bank of Pakistan governor were there to attend the joint session.
Also present on occasion were Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Minister for Planning and Development, Asad Umar, Chairperson Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, PML-N’s Rana Sanullah, Khawaja Asif and two former Prime Ministers Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Raja Pervez Ashraf.
This is the fourth time that the Turkish president has addressed the Pakistan parliament as he had done so earlier in November 2016, May 2012 and October 2009.
Yesterday, 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 Erdoğan, and a high delegation are also accompanying the president.
President Erdoğan is visiting the country on the invitation of Prime Minister Imran Khan.