Turkish President Erdogan addresses Joint Session of Parliament

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who is in Pakistan on his two-day official visit on the invitation of President Mamnoon Hussain addressed the Joint Session of Parliament. It was Erdogan’s third address to the parliament of Pakistan. The Turkish President and his delegation were welcomed by Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.

During the address, President Erdogan said that last time, he was sitting in the same house back in 2012 and now again it is an honour for him to speak in this parliament once again. He said that Pakistan has always supported and helped Turkish people whenever needed, a reason that makes bond between Turkey and Pakistan stronger.

Erdogan said that Pakistan and Turkey have also been together with each other in every thick and thin. When militants attacked Army Public School in Peshawar back in Dec 2016, Turkey observed a day of mourning, he added while recalling the tragic incident in the history of Pakistan. He also said that Pakistan sent a clear message in the support of Turkish people and government against the enemies of Turkey when Turkey faced a failed attempt of military coup.

While addressing the parliamentarians, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Pakistan to dismantle Fatehullah Terror Organizations (FETO) Networks on its land before they start posing threats to the country and its security. Turkish President also thanked government of Pakistan for supporting Turkish stance on Fatehullah Galen.

Erdogan quoted that terror organizations such as Al-Qaeda and Islamic State (IS) are working against the Muslims and are being supported by the West. The Turkish president added that there is evidence which shows that IS is being supported by West. Weapons seized from IS militants to have been manufactured in West as, he told the parliamentarians.

He said that these terror outfits being funded by West do not at all represent Islam and Muslims and said that Turkey is active against these militant wings in Syria and Iraq. President Erdogan also offered Pakistan to join hands for resolving issues that Muslim Ummah is facing.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that in order to fight against terrorism, Pakistan and Turkey need to further improve their ties via investment in each other’s countries. He also expressed his aim to boost Pak-Turk trade to 1$ Billion.

Talking about Kashmir, President Erdogan condemned Indian atrocities in Indian Occupied Kashmir. He said that increasing violence in Kashmir is very saddening and international community should try its best to resolve Kashmir dispute.

He urged Pakistan and India to resolve the dispute in a peaceful manner and ensured that Turkey will always be there to help in any way to resolve the Kashmir issue. He also wished for better Pak-Afghan relations so that maximum peace could prevail in the region.

After addressing to the parliament, President Erdogan also met parliamentarians and dignitaries one by one along with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

In today’s Joint Parliament Session, Provincial Governors and Chief Minister and Heads of the Pakistan Armed Forces were there. Representatives from various political parties including Pakistan Muslim League (PMLN), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Muttehida Qaumi Movement (MQM) were also present except Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) whose members are on boycott.

Earlier today at Prime Minister House, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed a joint press conference after their one-on-one meeting.

PM Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan is Turkish President Erdogan’s second home and relations between the two nations are based upon mutual trust and respect. During the press conference, President Erdogan was of the view that Pak-Turk relations are getting stronger day by day. He also expressed his gratitude for a warm welcome in Pakistan.

President Erdogan while addressing the press conference said that the response of Pakistani government and people during the failed military coup attempt has proved that Pakistan and Turkey have brotherly relations with each other. Turkey will never ever forget Pakistan’s honest sentiments and support to Turkey on that occasion.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan talking about FETO stressed that anti-Turkey group must not be given asylum in Pakistan. On the closure of Pak-Turk schools, he said that the future of the students enrolled in those schools will not be in danger.

President Erdogan also said that earlier in meeting with PM Nawaz Sharif, he had discussed the mutual matters related to war against terrorism. He vowed that they will not leave Pakistan alone in war against terrorism. Erdogan further said that Turkey will play its role effectively in strengthening relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

While condemning the coup attempt in Turkey earlier in Jul this year, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan was shocked by that attempt and Pakistani nation always stands with the elected government of Turkey. Nawaz Sharif also lauded the brave and courageous Turkish people for making history by upholding democracy and defeating the coup attempt. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appreciated Turkey’s concerns for resolving Kashmir issue. He also appreciated Turkey for supporting Pakistan’s inclusion in the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

Nawaz Sharif expressed that trade and investments between the two sides should increase to maximum extent. PM said that they have decided to hold talks to finalize a free trade agreement till 2017. He also added that President Erdogan had discussed a wide range of bilateral matters during their one-to-one meeting.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also appreciated President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s governance and said that Pakistan has no doubt that Turkey will keep on progressing on the paths of peace, progress and prosperity under Erdogan’s leadership.

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