Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will speak at a joint parliamentary sitting on February 14, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser stated on Thursday.
This will be Erdogan’s fourth time addressing Pakistani parliament.
A media source announced that the speaker, during today’s NA session, said that he will hold consultations on the matter with all the parliamentary members.
Erdogan is expected to arrive in Pakistan on February 13, for a two-day visit.
The Turkish president was scheduled to pay an official visit to Pakistan on October 23 last year to consolidate relations between the two countries and extend full support to the Kashmir position of Pakistan. However, the visit was postponed following Turkey’s involvement with a military offensive against Kurdish militants in Syria which raised tensions with Washington and other Western nations.
Prior to the visit in October, Prime Minister Imran Khan said: “The government and the people of Pakistan are looking forward to accord a warm welcome to President Erdogan.”
During the PML-N-led government last time Erodgan visited Pakistan in 2016, under which he also addressed the parliament. He was accompanied by his friend, Emine, and a delegation of high standing. They were received at the Nur Khan Airbase by then-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his cabinet members and senior officials, first lady Kulsoom Nawaz, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and his younger brother Shehbaz Sharif.
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) lawmakers had boycotted the session in order to protest his alleged corruption against Nawaz Sharif.