ISLAMABAD: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has assured to fully back Pakistan in the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
Addressing joint sitting of the Parliament in Islamabad a short while ago, he said Turkey will continue to support Pakistan on important matters as in the past.
The Turkish President hailed Pakistan’s efforts in the war on terrorism.
He said Pakistan was the most affected by this menace.
He said we are fully cognizant of the problems faced by Pakistan and we will continue to extend cooperation to it to cope with them.
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Erdogan thanked the Pakistani people and 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 house.”
“While in Pakistan, I feel like I am at home,” he said. “Today, Pakistan and Turkey’s relations are admirable for others. During difficult times, Pakistan has supported Turkey,” Erdogan said. “Our friendship is based on love and respect. Pakistan’s pain is our pain,” Turkish president said.
Speaking about the issue of occupied Kashmir, the Turkish president said that Indian-occupied Kashmir meant to Turkey exactly what it had meant to Pakistan over the years. “The relationship between Pakistan and Turkey will continue in the future like it has in the past,” he added.
In his speech, the Turkish president also said that Turkey had supported Pakistan on matters related to counter terrorism. “We assure Pakistan of Turkey’s support at the Financial Action Task Force,” Erdogan said.
“The positive steps taken by Pakistan with regards to investment and trade are improving conditions for business in the country. Economic progress is not achieved in a few days, but takes constant effort,” the Turkish president said.
The Turkish president had earlier reached the parliament house to address the joint session of the parliament. Prime Minster Imran Khan greeted the Turkish president on his arrival at the Parliament House.
Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani, Speaker of the National Assembly Asad Qaiser, Governor Sindh Imran Ismail, and other top officials, including the service chiefs of the armed forces, were also present on the occasion.