Pakistan, Turkey have unanimity of views on regional, int’l issues: Alvi

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Speaker of Turkey’s Grand National Assembly calls on President


Zubair Qureshi

President Dr Arif Alvi has said that Pakistan highly values its ties with Turkey as both countries enjoy excellent relations based on religious and cultural linkages, besides unanimity of views on regional and international issues.

He stated that bilateral relations between the two countries had transformed into a strong strategic partnership over the years and would continue to grow further.

The President made these remarks while talking to the visiting speaker of Grand National Assembly of Turkey (GNAT), Dr Mustafa Sentop, who called on him, at Aiwan-e-Sadr, Tuesday.

Welcoming the speaker, the President said that Pak-Turkey relations had been institutionalized in the form of the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC).

He informed that HLSCC had been instrumental in upgrading bilateral relations between the two brotherly in an institutionalized, well-structure and coherent manner.

The president highlighted that the visit of the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to Islamabad in February 2020, was a manifestation of joint desire to transform bilateral relations into a strategic partnership.

He underscored the need for enhanced political and economic cooperation between the two countries for the mutual benefits of the two sides.

Expressing his gratitude to Turkey for its steadfast support on Kashmir, the President said that the people of Pakistan were highly grateful to the leadership of Turkey for supporting Pakistan’s principled stance on Kashmir at all international fora.

He also acknowledged that Turkey had been at the forefront of leading the global efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic by providing support and assistance to countries including Pakistan.

In his reciprocal speech, Speaker GNAT conveyed sincere greetings of the leadership and the people of Turkey to the Government and people of Pakistan. He said that his country would continue to support Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir.

He referred to the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s address at the United Nations General Assembly and the joint session of the Pakistani Parliament where he raised his voice in support of the Kashmiri people.

He added that the support of the Turkish leadership on Kashmir was a manifestation of close fraternal ties between the two countries.

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