LAHORE, Aug 27 (APP): Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif met Turk President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at President House Istanbul, on Saturday.
According to a handout issued here, the Chief Minister paid tribute to the great leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdogan in foiling the coup attempt last month and said that he faced the situation with courage and steadfastness and on his call Turk people came out to defend democracy and thwarted the conspiracy.
He said that Turk people and democracy won under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He said that it was a conspiracy against the development of Turkey and prosperity of masses which the Turk people foiled through their unity.
Shehbaz Sharif congratulated Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his own behalf and on behalf of people of Pakistan over thwarting of the coup attempt.
He said failure of the conspiracy against democracy in Turkey was a proof of the fact that Turk people deeply loved their great leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the democratic system.
Shehbaz Sharif said that Allah Almighty has rewarded Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his selfless service to the people.
Turk President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that coup was an evil attempt to derail the process of progress and prosperity.
However, it was foiled with the grace of Almighty Allah and power of the people, he said.
He thanked Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif and people of Pakistan for supporting Turk leadership at this difficult time.
He said he knew that Shehbaz Sharif wanted to come to Turkey immediately after this incident to express solidarity with the Turk leadership.
He thanked Shehbaz Sharif for his love, sincerity and display of solidarity. He also appreciated the role played by the Chief Minister for the promotion of Pak-Turk relations and the friendship between the two countries.
Turk President further said that he still had pleasant memories of the hospitality of the people of Lahore during his visit and their love and sincerity was a precious asset of his life.