ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday addressed a joint press conference in Islamabad after the two countries signed memorandums of understandings (MoUs) for cooperation in various areas.
“On the behalf of the people of Pakistan I would like to thank President Erdogan for raising his voice for the people of Occupied Kashmir who are living under complete siege and braving oppression of Indian forces,” said the premier while addressing a joint presser with the Turkish president in Islamabad.
In his speech, Prime Minister Imran said people had greatly liked President Erdogan’s speech earlier today during a joint session of the parliament. He reiterated that if the Turkish leader fought an election from Pakistan, he would do a “clean sweep”.
The premier reiterated that Kashmir is a disputed territory according to United Nations resolutions.
He said the Pakistan-Turkey trade relationship will see a new era with today’s signing of MoUs for strategic economic cooperation. Through timelines, the cooperation being carried out between Pakistan and Turkey will benefit both the countries, he added.
Prime Minister Imran said Pakistan backs Turkey regarding its issues with terrorism emanating from the Syria border. He noted that besides Kashmir, Turkey had supported Pakistan on the issue of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) as well, adding that the two countries “stand together” when it comes to strategic international issues.
“Our cooperation apart from politics and economy […] is necessary because they (Turkey) have an advanced film industry. We want to develop content with them to address Islamophobia so that we can take a stand against the incorrect portrayal of Muslims,” the premier said.
President Erdogan in his speech said with his ongoing trip, he had the pleasure of visiting Pakistan after three years again. He said he saw the country as “our second home”.
He thanked Prime Minister Imran and the authorities for the “superior hospitality” extended to the Turkish delegation.
He said holding another meeting of the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council, which was established in 2009, was one of the most important symbols of the Pak-Turk friendship.
“The mere fact that we have signed 13 agreements between the two countries is the most important indicator of how important relations between [the two countries] are,” Erdogan said.
“In the last meeting in Ankara, we had agreed to bring the level of our foreign trade volume to $5 billion by 2023. The strategic economic framework and its next action plan is almost ready […] It is the roadmap for how we can deepen our economic relations,” he added.