Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed a joint session of Parliament in Islamabad
For a record fourth time during which he reiterated his country’s support for Pakistan.
Its stance on the Kashmir issue and in the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
“I thank God for giving me this opportunity.
I am thankful to each of you individually for allowing me to address this joint session of Parliament.
I would like to convey the greeting of 83 million brothers and sisters in Turkey,”
Said the foreign dignitary at the start of his speech.
President Erdogan on ties with Pakistan:
- Backs Pakistan in face of pressure in the FATF.
- Vows to stand by Pakistan in war against terrorism, Kashmir.
- Emphasises the historical ties between the two nations.
- To sign various pacts regarding infrastructure, investment during Pakistan visit.
“I am thankful for the way in which the people of Pakistan have welcomed us. Here in Pakistan we never see ourselves as strangers. We feel at home. We are here at home, together with you.
“Today, Pakistan and Turkey’s relations are admirable for others.
The much-envied Turkey-Pakistan brotherhood today, is a true brotherhood, strengthened by history and reinforced by historical events.”
‘Won’t forget prayers of Pakistan’s people’
Erdogan recalled various events, he termed as “golden examples” that Pakistan and Turkey share in their “common history”.
“In the year 1915, while the Turkish soldiers defend the Dardanelles Strait with a glorious resistance.
A rally took place 6,000 kilometres from the front and it was recorded on the unforgettable pages of history.
“The theme of this historical rally in Lahore Square was Çanakkale.
On that day, Lahore Square was jam-packed with Muslims as we were struggling to survive and our brothers and sisters in this geographic [region] were also under pressure of the colonialists.
“Despite challenges and threats, they raised a huge charity for Çanakkale through the exhibitions in the square.”
The Gallipoli campaign, which is also known as the Battle of Çanakkale was one of the bloodiest campaigns of the First World War that took place in what is modern-day Turkey.
The campaign, which began after Allied Forces landed in the Turkish peninsula to oust the Ottoman Empire, resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands on both sides.
Erdogan said that in the past Pakistan had stood by his country.
“Dear brothers and sisters who else should we love and feel affection for other than you.”
Quoting a poem by Allama Iqbal, Erdogan said: “Yes, like the poet, people in Lahore Square burst into tears with these moving words.
“We have never forgotten and will not forget the help, which the Pakistani people delivered, during our War of Independence by piling up their own bread.
“Events that happened a hundred of years ago in Çanakkale in Turkey are being repeated in Indian occupied Kashmir and Turkey will continue to raise its voice against the oppression.
“Our friendship is not based on vested interests but on love,” he said.
“Today, the issue of Kashmir is as close to us as it is to you [Pakistanis],” he said, reiterating his support for Kashmiri’s.
“Like in the past, we will continue to support Pakistan in the future,” he vowed.
“Following the Elazığ-Malatya earthquake, we received solidarity messages from all Pakistan, from the head of state to the citizens on the streets,” he added.
“Pakistan is on the way to peace and stability; peace and stability don’t come in a few days, they require work.
“We applaud Pakistan’s efforts to rid this region from terrorism. The country has been affected by terrorism.
“Pakistan and Turkey are the countries that have been most affected by terrorism due to their geographic location […] we will continue to cooperate with Pakistan on counter-terrorism,” he declared.
Will support Pakistan in FATF’
“I pray that God makes the solidarity between us strong and permanent.
“As in the past, we will continue to stand by Pakistan in the future.”
Discussing the relations between the two countries, he said:
“I also want to emphasise that we will give support to Pakistan which is subject to political pressure in the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meetings.”
His comments come days ahead of an FATF meeting in Paris that which will decide on
Pakistan’s request to be taken off its grey list of non-compliant states.
“The strategic economic framework and action plan texts we will sign today will cover a wide range of industries from trade to infrastructure […] and constitute a road map for us,” he said, with regards to today’s meetings during his trip to Pakistan.