PM Khan offers help to tackle forest fire in Turkey

By Staff Reporter
Thursday – August 12, 2021
ISLAMABAD: The prime minister (PM) Imran Khan expressed deep concern over the forest fires in Turkey, on Wednesday, and reaffirmed Pakistan’s solidarity and reiterated readiness to extend all possible assistance to help cope with this calamity.

According to a press release, Turkish defence minister (DM) general (Gen.) (retired) Hulusi Akar, along-with his delegation, called on the PM in the federal capital.

Welcoming the delegation, the PM highlighted historic fraternal ties between Pakistan and Turkey, marked by unique mutual trust and mutual support.

He conveyed his cordial greetings for Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the brotherly Turkish people.

The PM expressed satisfaction at the existing level of bilateral defence cooperation.

He thanked for Turkey’s strong and consistent support to Pakistan on all issues, particularly the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

On regional issues, PM Khan shared Pakistan’s perspective on the Afghan peace process.

Underlining that a negotiated political settlement is the only way forward, the PM expressed hope that the Afghan leaders will recognise the importance of international convergence on the way forward and achieve an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement.

The PM stated that Pakistan will continue to make every effort to help advance the Afghan peace process and to realise a political solution.

The Turkish DM Gen. Akar conveyed warm greetings from Turkish president Erdogan and reiterated Turkey’s support to Pakistan on all issues, including Jammu and Kashmir. He concurred with PM Khan on enhancing cooperation in all areas to the mutual benefit of both the countries, including in the defence field.

Turkish DM Gen. Akar also underlined Turkey’s efforts to promote a political solution in Afghanistan.

He is visiting the federal capital as part of frequent high-level exchanges between Pakistan and Turkey for consultations on important bilateral and regional issues.

Earlier on Tuesday, August 10, Turkish DM Gen. Akar called on the chief of army staff (COAS) Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, in the garrison city.

According to an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release, during the meeting, matters of mutual interest including defence and security cooperation between both the countries and overall regional security situation especially Afghan peace process were discussed.

Both reiterated the desire to further enhance bilateral relations including efforts for peace and stability in the region.

The visiting dignitary reaffirmed Turkey’s full support to Pakistan’s stance on regional and international issues.