Khawaja Asif meets Turkish PM in Ankara


ANKARA: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif met Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in Ankara, as part of his regional tour to garner support for Pakistan in the backdrop of US President Donald Trump’s new strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia.
The two leaders discussed matters relating with the regional situation and issues of mutual interest, Radio Pakistan reported.
Asif is also expected to call on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and will also hold bilateral meeting with his Turkish counterpart.
The two sides will mull upon regional issues including Afghanistan’s situation, human rights violations in held Kashmir and atrocities against Rohingya Muslims.
Earlier, upon arrival, the minister was received by Pakistan Ambassador to Turkey Syrus Qazi and Turkish officials.
On Monday, Asif visited Iran to further his campaign to gather support for the country in times of the changing regional situation.
The foreign minister visited China last Friday and managed to win crucial support from Beijing, which urged the world to recognise Pakistan’s sacrifices in the fight against terrorism.
China also threw its weight behind Pakistan’s stance that solution to the 16-year-long conflict in Afghanistan is not possible through the use of force. Both countries have called for pursuing the political option for achieving peace in the war-ravaged country.


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