PM felicitates Turkish leadership, people for foiling coup against democracy

ISLAMABAD, Aug 2 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz
Sharif Tuesday extended warmest congratulations to the Turkish leadership and the people for their triumph against an assault on democracy on the night of July 15.

He said Pakistan and Turkey enjoyed fraternal ties, which were based upon common and shared bonds of history, culture, traditions, religion and social values.

The Prime Minister was talking to Foreign Minister of
Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu who along with a delegation called on him at PM House, said a press release.

The Prime Minister reaffirmed solidarity with Turkey in
its fight against terrorism and expressed deep sympathies and condolences over the loss of precious lives in the terrorist attack at the Ataturk International Airport on June 28.

“Pakistan has also suffered greatly from terrorism. The
ongoing military operation “Zarb-e-Azb” and the National
Action Plan have yielded highly positive results. The
determination with which we have undertaken the operation has been lauded by the international community, including Turkey, for which we are grateful,” the press release quoted the Prime Minister as saying.

The Prime Minister said the determination with which
they had undertaken the operation was lauded by the
international community including Turkey for which they were grateful.

He also expressed confidence that the High Level
Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC) was playing an
instrumental role in providing strategic direction to the
development of bilateral relationship between the two

The Prime Minister also appreciated Turkey’s steadfast
support to Pakistan’s quest for membership of the Nuclear
Suppliers Group (NSG).

Mevlut Cavusoglu thanked the Prime Minister for the warm
welcome extended to him in Pakistan.

The Turkish Foreign Minister expressed gratitude for the
solidarity shown by Pakistani leadership with the government
and people of Turkey during the coup.

He said both the countries need to further enhance the
bilateral relationship between the two countries by fully
exploiting the available potential.

“Pakistan was one of the first countries to strongly and
unequivocally condemn the attempted coup and express support and solidarity for President Erdogan and democracy in Turkey” said the visiting Foreign Minister.

The meeting was also attended by Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Tariq Fatemi and other senior officials.