Friend-of-Pakistan Erdogan arriving today!
Turkish president will address joint session of Parliament on Friday
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Turkish President Recap Tayyip Erdogan, a time-tested friend of Pakistan will arrive in Islamabad tomorrow (Feb 13) on a two-day official visit on the invitation of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The landmark of his visit would be President Erdogan’s address to the joint session of the Parliament on Feb 14 in which he is expected to highlight issues confronting the Muslim Ummah across the world.
Confirming this, a spokesperson of the Foreign Office informed media representatives that a high-level delegation would be accompanying the Turk leader that would hold bilateral discussions. During these parleys, international issues would be deliberated besides exchanging views on matters confronting the region.
The plight of the Kashmiri people suffering atrocities at the hands of the Indian occupation forces following revocation of the Article 370 and 15-A, miserable condition of the Palestinians brethren following the announcement of so-called Trump Plan aimed at reducing the Palestinian territory and inflammatory condition prevailing in Syria would be prominent on the agenda for talks.
President Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Imran Khan would also hold a one-to-one meeting to explore ways and means to further cement the already excellent bilateral relations. Erdogan would also hold a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart, President Arif Alvi.
In particular, PM Khan would seek Turkish leader’s advice and cooperation to highlight Kashmir situation where people had been forced to live under sub-human condition by subjecting them to prolonged curfew entering into the seventh month.
Turkey has always supported Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir conflict urging holding of the plebiscite as promised in the United Nation Security Council seven decades back.
During his stay, President Erdogan would also co-chair with Prime Minister Imran Khan the meeting of Pak-Turkey Business and Investment Forum during which areas for mutual benefit would be explored to strengthen economic cooperation between the two Muslim states.
Talking to a representative of Turkish news agency Anadolu, Prime Minister Imran Khan had expressed confidence that President Erdogan’s visit would beneficial for the two peoples. He said: “I am confident that President Erdogan will offer various business opportunities to Pakistani investors when they meet him”.
It may be added that in their meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations, Imran Khan, Mahathir Mohammad and Erdogan mutually agreed to launch a television media channel to highlight issues confronting the Muslim Community.