Pakistan, Turkey bound in fraternal bonds: President

ISLAMABAD, Jun 3 (APP): President Mamnoon Hussain on
Friday said that Pakistan and Turkey are bound together in
fraternal bonds which are rooted in shared history, religion
and culture.

The President said this while talking to Minister of
National Defence, Turkey Mr Fikri Isik, who along with a
delegation called on him here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.

The President praised Turkish President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan’s democratic measures and congratulated on formation of new government under the leadership of Binali Yildirim.

He also congratulated Fikri Isik on being appointed as
Minister of National Defence.

The President said that Pakistan was committed to peace
and stability in Afghanistan and appreciated Turkey’s
participation in the process for peace in Afghanistan.

He commended signing of agreement between Pakistan,
Turkey and Qatar for training of personnel and transfer of

The President thanked Turkey for gifting Pakistan
Trainer-37 aircraft and hoped that the two brotherly countries would increase cooperation in the defence field and benefit from each other’s expertise.

He invited Turkish delegation to participate in IDEAS-
2016 to be held in November this year in Pakistan.

The President appreciated Turkish assistance during
natural disasters and calamities adding that this reflects
commitment from both sides to extend support to each other during testing times.

The President extended his sympathies over tragic loss
of lives in recent suicide attacks in Turkey and underlined
that both countries are united to uproot the menace of
terrorism and extremism.

Turkish Minister of National Defence Fikri Isik termed
Pakistan-Turkish relations “as being special” and said that he
is extremely happy that his first foreign visit after assuming
office is to Pakistan.

Mr Isik said that cooperation between the two countries
in trade and defence sectors is below actual potential and
called for steps to increase bilateral collaboration in these

He stated that the people of Turkey hold Pakistan in
highest esteem and affection.

The Turkish Defence Minister reiterated his country’s
resolve to continue efforts for achieving peace in Afghanistan
and hoped that the Quadrilateral Coordination Group’s efforts in this regard will bear fruit.

The President wished the visiting delegation a
productive and comfortable stay in Pakistan.

The President also conveyed best wishes on his behalf
and on behalf of the people of Pakistan for Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim
and the people of Turkey.