Recep Tayyip Erdogan extends Eid-ul-Azha greetings to PM, President

Turkey's Erdogan extends Eid-ul-Azha greetings to PM, President
Islamabad: Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Dr Arif Alvi to convey warm greetings on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.

According to a statement released by the Prime Minister office, Prime Minister Imran Khan received a telephone call from Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.

Both leaders exchanged Eid greetings and best wishes for the two countries and their people on this auspicious occasion.

PM Imran congratulated President Erdogan on resumption of prayers in Hagia Sophia mosque and informed him that millions of Pakistanis watched it live on television.

The two leaders also exchanged views on a range of important issues. Recalling President Erdogan’s visit to Pakistan for 6th session of High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC) in February 2020, Imran Khan reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to further fortify bilateral cooperation in all areas.

Prime Minister Imran Khan also appreciated Turkey for its role in the global fight against COVID-19 and for extending support to a number of countries, including Pakistan.

The Prime Minister briefed President Erdogan on the government’s strategy to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Pakistan and the particular focus on saving lives, securing livelihoods, and stimulating the economy. The two leaders also discussed need for Pakistan and Turkey to jointly work for medicine development.

Imran Khan said that the two country’s strategic relationship is underpinned by unique mutual trust, understanding and close cooperation.

He also expressed deep appreciation for Turkey’s steadfast support for the just cause of Kashmir, which President Erdogan reaffirmed during his Address to the Joint Session of Parliament in February 2020.

Both leaders agreed to stay in close contact on all issues of common interest.

On the other hand, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also called President Dr. Arif Alvi to convey warm greetings on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha and reaffirmed his country’s support on Kashmir issue.

The President Arif Alvi highlighted the plight of Kashmiris in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, and the Muslims in India who are 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.