Imran thanks Erdogan for raising voice for people of occupied Kashmir


"This approach, which aggravates the current situation and revokes the freedom and ... rights of the Kashmiri people, does not bring any benefit to anyone", said the Turkish president.

Erdoğan also said Turkey would support Pakistan against the application of political pressure by the intergovernmental Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

Turkey, China and Malaysia have been critical of India's move to integrate Kashmir with the rest of the country whereas the rest of the global community have largely accepted the situation though they have voiced concern over the restrictions on communication in place since August.

"Pakistan can learn a lot from Turkey's tourism industry". He said the visit of Turkish President has taken place at a time when the world is faced with the challenges of Islamophobia.

President Erdogan said Pakistan is heading in the right direction in its journey towards development and mentioned that the tough road to prosperity requires determination, faith and struggle as main ingredients.

In his fourth address to Pakistan's parliament, Erdogan also addressed the situation in Idlib, northwestern Syria, saying that Turkey's latest steps in the province's de-escalation zone are meant to prevent the Assad regime from killing 4 million oppressed people using barrel bombs. I am grateful for the hospitality and it feels like home here, he said.

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On bilateral ties rooted in history, he recalled that the Muslims of Subcontinent in 1915, now Pakistan, took rallies in Lahore in support of the Turkish armed forces, defending their Fort in Turkey. "Our friendship is not based on vested interests but on love". "As a country that has been fighting separatist terrorist organizations including ISIL, the PKK and FETÖ for 35 years, we understand the challenges Pakistan faces and we will continue to support Pakistan in its efforts against terrorism". "Under the leadership of President Erdogan, relations between the countries have been bolstered". They underscored the importance of fully realising the potential of this relationship and transforming it into a "strong and dynamic trade and economic partnership".

"After holding a meeting Turkey-Pakistan Joint Working Group, it is made a decision to further enhance strategic cooperation between both countries".

Earlier on arrival of President Erdogan in the House, a noticeable jam-packed parliament gave him a standing ovation and thumped desks as a welcome gesture.

During their wide-ranging talks, President Alvi extended a warm welcome to President Erdogan and expressed satisfaction over the level of multifaceted engagement between Pakistan and Turkey, according to a press release issued by the President's Secretariat. Senior Pakistani officials as well as the Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan were also present on the occasion.

He recalled that implementation on the previous agreements, reached upon during visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Turkey, is in full progress.

The two presidents also exchanged views on regional and worldwide issues, with President Alvi highlighting Pakistan's efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.