Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday likened Pakistan to his “second home”.
Erdogan, who is on a two-day official trip to Pakistan, addressed the joint session of the parliament today.
In his address, Erdogan thanked the people of Pakistan and its leadership over the warm welcome he was accorded upon arrival.
“It is my pleasure to speak to you. I am thankful to you for giving me the opportunity to address this august house.” “While in Pakistan, I think as if I am at my home,” he said.
“We can never forget the sacrifices made by the people of South Asia for the freedom of Turkey.”
He thanked Pakistan for extending support when the earthquake had hit his country. “The way the Pakistani nation helped us, I can never forget.”
Erdogan pledges support to Pakistan in the upcoming meeting
He further announced that he would help Pakistan stay off the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) blacklist.
“We will be supporting Pakistan at the Financial Action Task Force meetings, where Pakistan is subject to political pressure,” Erdogan told during his address at the joint parliamentary session held in Islamabad.
He also appreciated Pakistan’s positive contributions to the peace process in Afghanistan. Speaking about FATF, Erdogan said his country will fully back Pakistan at the global forum.
Support for Kashmir
Erdogan said, “For Turkey, Kashmir is as [important as] it is for Pakistan.”
“Our Kashmiri brethren have suffered a lot and the situation has now become worse.”
“The issue can only be resolved through justice and fairness. Such a solution will be in the interest of all the stakeholders and Turkey will continue to support peace and dialogue in this regard.”
Pak-Turk’s business relations
The Turkish president was hopeful that the door for new businesses will be opened after the meeting between the two countries. He said it is his wish to raise the level of Pakistan and Turkey’s business relations to the level of ‘our political relations’.
Erdogan invited Pakistani brethren to have confidence in the Turkish economy, adding that it is among the world’s top 20 economies. He continued that both countries can collaborate in industries for mutual benefit. “We should not allow protectionism or trade walls between us,” he added.