President Erdogan thanks Pakistanis for warm welcome, dubs Pakistan second home

ISLAMABAD: President Erdogan said on Friday he considered Pakistan his “second home”, thanking Pakistanis for their warm welcome during his two-day visit to the country.


Addressing a joint press conference, the Turkish president thanked the people and government of Pakistan for according him a warm welcome.

“I consider Pakistan my second home,” he said. “Turkey stands with Pakistan and will continue to do so.”

Erdogan thanked “his brother Imran” for taking action against militants and terrorists based in Pakistan. The Turkish president said that Pakistan and Afghanistan were both “brotherly nations” and Turkey would like to promote relations between the two “brotherly nations”.

PM Imran said that a new chapter had been opened in Pakistan-Turkey ties. He appreciated President Erdogan’s speech from earlier during the day at the parliament.

“Ever since President Erdogan became the chief executive of Turkey, our bilateral relations have improved,” he said. PM Imran said that when Erdogan became president, Turkey’s economy improved significantly.

Earlier, Erdogan addressed the Pakistani parliament where he spoke out against India’s “unilateral steps” in occupied Kashmir and spoke out against Indian atrocities.

He had said that depriving Kashmiris from their freedom and usurping their rights is not in anybody’s interests.

Earlier, the MoUs signing ceremony was witnessed by Turkish President Erdogan, who is on a two-day visit to Pakistan, and Prime Minister Imran.

It came after the conclusion of the plenary session of the 6th round of Pakistan-Turkey High Level Strategic Cooperation Council in Islamabad.

According to state broadcaster PTV, the MoUs signed between the two countries concern cooperation in the fields of tourism and culture, food security, postal services, railways, military training, trade, etc. An agreement was also signed for cooperation between the state-owned Turkish Radio and Television corporation (TRT) and PTV and Radio Pakistan.


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