Turkey lauds support to Azerbaijan during conflict with Armenia

By Staff Reporter
Thursday – January 14, 2021
ISLAMABAD: Turkish foreign minister (FM) Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in separate meetings called on prime minister (PM) Imran Khan, president Arif Alvi and foreign minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Wednesday, Turkish FM appreciated Pakistan’s support to Azerbaijan during Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Armenia and assured the top brass of Turkish support to Pakistan at international fora.

According to press releases, in his meeting with PM Khan, it was agreed to maintain high-level exchanges and further build mutually beneficial Pakistan-Turkey strategic relationship.

They exchanged views on bilateral relations, regional and international issues, reaffirmed the shared resolve to further upgrade trade, investment, defence, educational and cultural cooperation.

PM Khan emphasised the importance of working to combat Islamophobia and promote better understanding of the reverence Muslims have for the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace.be.upon.him).

He thanked Turkey for steadfast support to Pakistan on Jammu and Kashmir (JK) dispute with India and highlighted the detrimental Indian actions posing a threat to peace and security.

PM Khan underscored the importance Pakistan attached to peaceful solution of conflict in Afghanistan, highlighted contribution to Afghan peace process and the imperative for all Afghan stakeholders to work for bringing down violence leading to ceasefire and securing an inclusive and broad-based political settlement.

Separately, in his meeting with president Alvi, satisfaction was expressed over Turkish investment of more than one billion dollars in Pakistan, Turkish FM Çavuşoğlu expressed his country’s keenness to improve trade relations, reiterated his resolve to continue encouraging Turkish companies to invest in Pakistan.

President Alvi asked Turkish FM to convey his gratitude to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for raising the voice of Kashmiris during his recent speech at united nations (UN) general assembly.

He appreciated Turkey’s leading role in global efforts to fight Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic by providing assistance and support to Pakistan and other countries.

President Alvi conferred the award of Hilal-e-Pakistan on Turkish FM Çavuşoğlu, at a special investiture ceremony, in recognition of his services for the promotion of international peace and security as well as Pakistan-Turkey relations.

Separately, in his meeting with FM Qureshi, the resolve to ensure timely implementation of decisions, taken during the last session of high-level strategic cooperation council (HLSCC) in Islamabad in February 2020, was reaffirmed.

FM Qureshi underscored the importance of building a stronger economic partnership, including by realising the vision in strategic economic framework (SEF).

Both expressed satisfaction over ongoing cooperation at multilateral forums including at the UN, organisation of Islamic cooperation (OIC) and economic cooperation organisation (ECO).

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) relating to cooperation in education, involving Turkish Maarif Foundation (TMF), was signed by Turkish FM Çavuşoğlu and education and professional training minister (EPTM) Shafqat Mahmood.