Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi received Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Turkish Foreign Minister, who had arrived Islamabad early morning. Turkish Foreign Minister is accompanied by a high-level delegation. It is Mr. Cavusoglu’s fifth visit to Islamabad.
In his welcome remarks, Foreign Minister Qureshi stated that Pakistan and Turkey have been brothers, friends and partners. The inseparable bonds of common faith, history, culture have been reinforced by mutual trust and a sense of inter-dependence on critical issues. The strength of Pakistan – Turkey relationship is not relative to time, situations or individual choices. It is a relationship anchored in affection and solidarity among the people of the two nations.
Both Foreign Ministers held a one-on-one meeting followed by delegation level talks in which senior officials from both sides were present. Mr. Shah Mahmood Qureshi noted that regular exchange of high-level visits, and presence of a number of institutional frameworks under the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC), was indicative of the close bilateral ties maintained at various levels. Pakistan and Turkey support each other on all issues of core concern to both sides.
The Turkish Foreign Minister conveyed the best wishes of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the people of the Republic of Turkey and congratulated Mr. Qureshi on his appointment as Foreign Minister of Pakistan. While reiterating the “heart to heart” and “Two Countries, One Nation” relations between the two countries, he underlined that Pakistan will always have a special significance in Turkish Foreign Policy. He appreciated Pakistan’s successful and strong action to subdue and defeat the menace of extremism and terrorism.
Both sides reiterated that Pakistan and Turkey are important members of the Muslim world. Our people take pride in their faith and are determined to make collective efforts in confronting islamophobia and other attempts to malign or distort the great message of peace and respect for humanity imbibed in the Holy Quran and repeatedly demonstrated in the life of our Holy Prophet (PBUH).
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi reaffirmed that Government’s priorities were focused on socio-economic uplifting of the people of Pakistan and furthering regional peace and stability in the region, and that Turkey was one of the frontline partners in this pursuit. Mr. Cavusoglu said that our two nations are destined to achieve great heights through a collective journey on the road to ensuring peace, stability, socio-economic development leading to prosperity of not only our two nations but all other countries and regions in our neighbourhood. By the grace of Allah Turkey and Pakistan are endowed with unmatched natural, geographic and human resources to achieve these objectives. Leadership on both sides is determined to make best use of the close linkages and the existing potentials to further strength Pak-Turkey strategic partnership.