–PM Imran says Pakistan ‘deeply appreciates Turkey’s steadfast support’ on disputed valley
ANKARA/ISLAMABAD: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has assured Turkey’s support for Pakistan’s stance on the Kashmir dispute, President Dr Arif Alvi said on Saturday.
According to a tweet by the President’s Office, the two counterparts held a telephonic conversation in which they “exchanged Eidul Azha greetings” besides discussing the Kashmir issue and the coronavirus pandemic.
The tweet quoted President Alvi as saying that occupation regimes were continuing their “extreme repression” in Palestine and Indian occupied Kashmir even during the coronavirus pandemic.
“[The] Turkish President assured that his country would continue to support Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir as both brotherly countries have similar goals,” according to a subsequent tweet.
Erdogan also invited Alvi to visit Turkey after the end of the pandemic.
While congratulating Erdogan on the reopening of Istanbul’s historical Hagia Sophia as a mosque after nearly nine decades, President Alvi “reiterated Pakistan’s steadfast support to Turkey on its legitimate interests and assured that Pakistan will continue its policy to provide Turkey with all possible support”.
The Turkish leader also called Prime Minister Imran Khan and the two leaders shared their views on a range of issues.
The prime minister too felicitated Erdogan on reopening of the Hagia Sophia for prayers and told him that “millions of Pakistanis watched it live on television”, according to a tweet by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
Both leaders exchanged Eid greetings and best wishes for the two countries and peoples on this auspicious occasion. pic.twitter.com/xlj5lrsdBd
— Prime Minister’s Office, Pakistan (@PakPMO) August 1, 2020
During their conversation, Prime Minister Imran recalled Erdogan’s visit to Pakistan for the sixth session of the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC) in February and reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to “further fortify bilateral cooperation” in all areas.
“Pakistan deeply appreciates Turkey’s steadfast support for the just cause of Kashmir, which President Erdogan reaffirmed during his address to the joint session of parliament in February 2020,” the PMO said.
Erdogan’s contact with the Pakistani leadership comes days before the world marks one year since India revoked the semi-autonomous status of occupied Kashmir and split it into two federal territories, causing further determination in New Delhi’s ties with Islamabad.
IMRAN, ERDOGAN DISCUSS ANTI-VIRUS STRATEGY:
Prime Minister Imran during the phone call also appreciated Turkey for its role in the fight against Covid-19 and for extending support to a number of countries, including Pakistan.
The premier briefed Erdogan on his government’s strategy to contain the spread of the virus in Pakistan and the particular focus on “saving lives, securing livelihoods, and stimulating the economy”, according to a PMO statement.
The two leaders also discussed the need for Pakistan and Turkey to jointly work for medicine development.
“The Pakistan-Turkey strategic relationship is underpinned by unique mutual trust, understanding and close cooperation,” the premier’s office noted.
It said that Prime Minister Imran and President Erdogan resolved to “stay in close contact on all issues of common interest”.