PM, President congratulate Erdogan on re-opening of Hagia Sophia for prayers

PM, President congratulate Erdogan on re-opening of Hagia Sophia for prayers
Islamabad: President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on re-opening of Hagia Sophia for prayers.

The Pakistani leadership and Erdogan held telephonic conversation and exchanged warm greetings on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.

Telephonic Contact Between Alvi and Erdogan

Reciprocating the felicitations, President Dr. Alvi remarked that this year, Eid-ul-Azha was being celebrated at a time when the international community was facing a number of challenges, including COVID-19 which had hugely impacted the global economy.

Khan and Alvi also appreciated Turkey’s leading role in the global fight against COVID-19 by providing assistance and support to many countries including Pakistan.

President Arif Alvi also highlighted the plight of Kashmiris in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir, and Muslims in India who were living under the shadow of fear and discrimination.

He recalled President Erdogan’s unequivocal statement before the UN General Assembly and expressed the hope that Turkey will continue to raise its principled voice on this issue as the world approaches first anniversary of illegal and unilateral actions of India in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir.

President Dr. Arif Alvi added that during these difficult times, the occupation regimes continue their extreme repression in Palestine and Kashmir.

Turkish President assured that his country would continue to support Pakistan's stance on Kashmir as both brotherly countries have similar goals.

President Erdogan also invited President Dr. Arif Alvi to visit Turkey as the Covid- 19 Pandemic ends.

President Dr. Arif Alvi reiterated Pakistan’s steadfast support to Turkey on its legitimate interests and assured that Pakistan will continue its policy to provide Turkey with all possible support.

Imran Khan and Turkish President

Both sides discussed matters of mutal interest including economy, bilateral ties and manufacturing of medicines. They agreed to continue contact on matters of common interest.

Pakistan and Turkey agreed joint efforts for medicine development, said a press release.

The prime minister told Erdogan that Pakistan is following a policy of saving lives and running economy. He also appreciated Turkey’s role in the coronavirus pandemic situation.

He also thanked Turkey’s president for support Pakistan in Kashmir issue. Erdogan vowed to continue the support.