ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Friday said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s fourth address to the joint sitting of parliament was reflection of Pakistan-Turkey’s everlasting friendship.
“The people of Pakistan have a special respect for the Turkish leadership and its people for backing Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly,” she said in a thread of tweets.
Firdous Ashiq Awan said Pakistan-Turkey relations were deep rooted in common faith and culture.
She expressed the confidence that the visit of Turkish president to Pakistan would take to new heights the economic, trade and cultural relations between the two countries.
Addressing the joint parliamentary session, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has assured to fully back Pakistan in the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
He said Turkey will continue to support Pakistan on important matters as in the past.
The Turkish President hailed Pakistan’s efforts in the war on terrorism. He said Pakistan was the most affected by this menace.
He said, “We are fully cognizant of the problems faced by Pakistan and we will continue to extend cooperation to it to cope with them.”
Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he never felt himself an alien in Pakistan. He thanked the Pakistani nation for the hospitality and expressing contentment over his arrival.
“I feel at home in Pakistan. I am honored to address the joint parliamentary session,” President Erdogan said inaugurating the session with his speech immediately after Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser welcomed him. Asad Qaiser said it was an honor for us to have him. Erdogan was welcomed by the parliamentary members by thumping the desks.
The president admitted Pakistan’s assistance in the time of need for the Turk nation in its Khilafat Movement. “Our friendship is not based on personal interest, rather it is based on love and brotherhood. Who else will we love other than our Pakistani brothers?” Pakistan and Turkey’s relations were enviable for others, he maintained. He said the issue of Kashmir was as crucial for Turkey as for Pakistan. Pakistan was a second home to him, he said.