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Tayyip Erdogan begins two-day visit today

Tayyip Erdogan begins two-day visit today

ISLAMABAD: Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to arrive in Pakistan today (Wednesday) for a two-day visit, his first since an attempted military coup failed to oust him from power earlier this year.

Erdogan will be accompanied by a high-level entourage – including Turkish ministers and senior officials, as well as a large business delegation – and will hold meetings with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Mamnoon Hussain on a host of bilateral, regional and international issues, a handout issued by Pakistan’s foreign ministry said.

The Turkish president is also scheduled to address a joint session of parliament – which the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has announced it won’t attend.

President Mamnoon will also hold a banquet in honour of President Erdogan and his entourage. The Turkish leader will travel to Lahore as well, where Prime Minister Nawaz will host a banquet in his honour at the Shahi Fort.

The foreign ministry handout said Pakistan and Turkey are bound by “an exemplary relationship characterised by warmth, cordiality and mutual trust”.

“There are embedded deep in history, common faith, cultural and linguistic affinities and a sense of common destiny. Frequent exchanges at the leadership and ministerial levels and growing cooperation in diverse fields are the hallmarks of the unique bonds between Pakistan and Turkey,” it said.

“Both sides are working to give powerful thrust to bilateral trade, investment and commercial cooperation as part of the efforts to build a robust economic partnership.”

It pointed out that Turkey has “steadfastly supported the people of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, in their just struggle for the right to self-determination in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions.”

Courtesy : Express Tribune

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