Pak-Turkey relations a force of peace, stability in region, beyond: President

Pak-Turkey relations a force of peace, stability in region, beyond: President

Pak-Turkey relations a force of peace, stability in region, beyond: PresidentISTANBUL, Aug 15 (APP): President Dr Arif Alvi Sunday said that the relationship between Pakistan and Turkey was a force for regional peace and stability with their exemplary support towards peaceful co-existence and cooperative multilateralism.

Addressing the inauguration ceremony of 1st MILGEM Ship, PNS Babur, built by Turkey here, the president said Pakistan appreciated Turkey’s invaluable role for international peace and stability.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, First Lady Samin Alvi and senior Turkish government officials attended the ceremony held at Istanbul Naval Shipyard.

Speaker of Turkish Grand National Assembly Mustafa Sentop, Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay, Chief of the Naval Staff of Pakistan Admiral M Amjad Khan Niazi, alongwith senior Turkish defence officials, including Defence Minister Hulusi Akar, Chief of the Turkish General Staff General Yaşar Güler and Commander of Turkish Naval Forces Admiral Adnan Özbal also attended the ceremony.

First Lady Samina Alvi launched the warship with a prayer. Both the presidents also jointly performed steel cutting of Akhisar, the offshore patrol vessel for Turkish Navy.

The president said the people and the government of Pakistan would continue to stand by Turkey for achievement the shared goals of peace and prosperity.

Pak-Turkey relations a force of peace, stability in region, beyond: President

He said Pakistan and Turkey were faced by common challenges and threats and both the countries had deepened the security cooperation.

The president particularly congratulated the Turkish defence ministry for making great progress under the leadership of President Erdogan, defying all odds and challenges to change the destiny of Turkey.

He said Pakistan was one of the biggest markets of Turkish defence products.

He said the collaboration for construction of Milgem Class Corvettes would not only enhance the capability of Pakistan Navy rather it was great moment to further cement the bilateral ties.

He also appreciated the role of all stakeholders for timely achieving the major milestone despite COVID-19 challenges.

President Alvi lauded Turkey’s continuing support on Kashmir dispute and reiterated Pakistan’s unwavering support to Turkey on the Cyprus issue.

The president told the audience that in current world affairs, the morality was taking second position to vested interests, but he believed that a new world era was emerging where the morality would lead the nations. And that is where the role of Pakistan and Turkey becomes important, he remarked.

Pak-Turkey relations a force of peace, stability in region, beyond: President

President Alvi said under the agreement, four Milgem corvettes would be constructed with first and third in Turkey and second and fourth in Pakistan.

He said the relationship between Pakistan and Turkey was not merely between the two governments rather the nations.

President Alvi said that the fake news phenomenon was not new rather it was an old issue.

He said in the current world, the knowledge was not free rather it flows as per the vested interests. However, he said as per the Islamic traditions, the flow of knowledge should be free for benefit of all.

He also thanked the Turkish president for inviting him to attend the inauguration ceremony.

Later, in her remarks before launching the frigate, First Lady Samina Alvi prayed that the corvettes would bring success for Pakistan and prove to be a good omen for the country.

She hoped that the ship would carry Pakistan’s flag with dignity and success and prayed for its successful operations.

In his remarks, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Pakistan played a vital role in ensuring peace and stability for Afghanistan, which had recently seen an increase in conflict.

He said both the countries would make all out efforts for Afghanistan to reach stability as soon as possible. Therefore, Turkey’s relations with Pakistan would continue,” he added.

He said the solutions to the problems in the region could only be materialized with the support of Pakistan.

He said under first of the four Milgem Corvette was inaugurated for Pakistan Navy and as per agreement, two each would be constructed in Turkey and Pakistan.

He said the steel cutting ceremony had taken place in 2019 and the project would complete by 2025.

He said Turkish defence ministry has been cooperating with numerous countries but Pakistan had a special place among those states.

Erdogan said both the countries would take the bilateral relations to the desired level and make set an example for the world.

Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Niazi in his remarks lauded the great achievement of MILGEM project.

Earlier, upon his arrival at the Istanbul Naval Shipyard, the president was received by Turkish President Erdogan and was presented a guard of honour.

The contract for four MILGEM Class Corvettes for Pakistan Navy was signed in 2018. Induction of MILGEM warships in Pakistan Navy arsenal will augment Pakistan Navy’s capability and contribute in its efforts towards maintaining peace and security in the Indian Ocean Region.

By Ishtiaq Rao

Ishtiaq Ahmed is a Sr. Reporter who reports on Prime Minister, President, Foreign Office, and special assignments. Backed by 20-year experience, he has written for local and foreign newspapers. Reach out at 03335293238/ [email protected]/ X: ishtiaqrao

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