Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu are addressing a joint press conference in Islamabad.
“In our meeting today we focused on enhancing our economic relations,” FM Qureshi said. “[We discussed] ways to facilitate each other.
“Our relationship has been very strong. There is a mutual interest. We understand each other’s sensitivities. Turkey has played a role in improving regional consensus and stability.
“They also have a trilateral arrangement, which we can be used to further improve our regional stability and connectivity.”
FM Qureshi said that Turkey has agreed to support Pakistan’s bid for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue at the UN.
“At the United Nations conference there will be a separate conference on Kashmir on the side. It happens every year but it is different this time because a new UN report has come out which sheds light on the India-occupied Kashmir.
“There has certainly been a surge in the interest of people in the human rights abuses that are taking place there. I invited FM Cavusoglu to that conference, and I am thankful to him that he accepted the invitation.
“I got the chance today to thank the Turkish FM for supporting Pakistan’s membership in Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). On the Netherlands caricature issue as well, Turkey supported us.”
Qureshi further said that the situation of Afghanistan, Iran and Kashmir were also discussed during the meeting.
Turkish FM Cavusoglu congratulated Qureshi and Prime Minister Imran Khan on forming the new government in Pakistan.
“Governments and people come and go, but real friendships cannot end,” Cavusoglu said. “This friendship should remain forever.
“In today’s meeting I discussed a lot of issues with FM Qureshi. The most important aspect of our discussion was on the strategic council, the sixth conference of which — God willing — will take place in Pakistan, and we will do all we can to make it happen.
“We have strengthened our commercial ties, and [decided to facilitate] our companies that want to work in Pakistan.”
“We have a unique relation, therefore, we should work together to further enhance our relations.
The security issue for both the countries is important and so is the economic and military cooperation.”
FM Cavusoglu said that “there is a propaganda against Islam in Europe. We ran a campaign against the Netherlands caricatures, and thank God they shut it down.”
The Turkish minister said that Pakistan and Turkey have suffered the most hardships in the war against terrorism.
Cavusoglu said that “Turkey will never forget Pakistan and its people’s help” in the failed 2016 Turkish coup d’état attempt.
“The Gulen movement not only damaged Turkey but it caused destruction wherever it went,” he said. “Pakistan helped us in that and we would for it to keep doing so.”
Cavusoglu said that it’s Turkey’s wish that the Kashmir issue involving India and Pakistan gets resolved the UN in a peaceful manner.
“The group that has been formed over Kashmir in the UN, we will stand with Pakistan and try to make [its efforts] successful.”
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