Turkish President Erdogan addresses joint session of parliament


ISLAMABAD: (Parliament Times) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived at parliament where he will address the joint session shortly. The session is being attended by all parliamentary parties except the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) which is boycotting.

Speaker Ayaz Sadiq welcomes Turkish President Erdogan

“Pakistan and Turkey are intertwined, our peoples relations are older than the creation of our two modern states,” says Ayaz Sadiq.

“Armed forces of Turkey and Pakistan have dealt fatal blow to terrorism,” says Ayaz Sadiq

“We are optimistic that with Turkish support, Kashmir people will get their right to self determination,” says Ayaz Sadiq

“Mr president, parliament represents will of the people of Pakistan,” says Ayaz Sadiq

“Turkish and Pakistani people have a deep rooted friendship”

“We are brotherly countries in the true sense”

“We can never forget the assistance we received from our Pakistani brothers”

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Earlier, the Turkish president held a joint news conference with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, where he urged for an immediate resolution of the Kashmir dispute and said the escalating tensions on the Pakistan-India border and the atrocities in Kashmir cannot be ignored.

“Pakistan and India should seek a resolution of the Kashmir issue through dialogue,” the President said. He added that the Kashmir dispute should be resolved in accordance with UN resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people.

“The Turkish government and the Turkish nation stand in solidarity with the Kashmiri people,” he said.

President Erdogan said that he had discussed mutual matters relating to war against terrorism with PM Nawaz Sharif in the meeting earlier.

“We will not leave Pakistan alone in the war against terrorism,” the President said.

President Erdogan said the sentiments of the Pakistani public following the coup attempt on July 15 this year served as evidence that Pakistan is a close friend of Turkey.

“Turkey will never forget Pakistan’s honest sentiments and support,” the President added.

President Erdogan said the Gulen movement had tried to weaken Turkey by using the public services sector to further its cause.

“Turkey is combating this organisation,” the President said, adding that the country was taking action against “this group of murderers and evil-mongers.”

The Turkish President stressed that this anti-Turkey group must not be given asylum in Pakistan. On the issue of closure of Pak-Turk schools, he said that the future of the students enrolled in these schools will not be in danger.

The President further said Turkey will play its role in strengthening relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

President Erdogan, who is on an official two-day visit to Pakistan, will address a joint session of the parliament Thursday afternoon.

With the exception of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), all other parliamentary parties will attend the joint session.

Pakistan and Turkey have agreed to further strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries.

During delegation-level talks led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the two countries discussed issues of mutual interest along with regional and international issues.