Erdogan vows to keep on offering support for Pakistan on Kashmir, FATF
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday likened Pakistan to his “second home”, and vowed that Ankara will support Islamabad at Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meetings despite any pressure.
Erdogan, who is on a two-day official trip to Pakistan, addressed the joint session of the parliament Friday.
In his address, Erdogan thanked the people of Pakistan and its leadership over the warm welcome he was accorded upon arrival.
“It is my pleasure to speak to you. I am thankful to you for giving me the opportunity to address this august house.”
“While in Pakistan, I think as if I am at my home,” he said.
“We can never forget the sacrifices made by the people of South Asia for the freedom of Turkey.”
He thanked Pakistan for extending support when the earthquake had hit his country. “The way Pakistani nation helped us, I can never forget.”
Support for Kashmir
Reiterating his support for the Kashmir cause, Erdogan said, “For Turkey, Kashmir is as [important as] it is for Pakistan.”
“Our Kashmiri brethren have suffered a lot and the situation has now become worse.”
“The issue can only be resolved through justice and fairness. Such a solution will be in the interest of all the stakeholders and Turkey will continue to support peace and dialogue in this regard.”
Lambasts Trump’s
‘Peace Plan’
Erdogan lashed out at US President Donald Trump over the Middle East ‘Peace Plan’, and instead branded it a ‘takeover plan’. “No distance can build a wall between the hearts of believers. It is our duty to help the oppressed Muslims.”
“The plan of the ‘deal of the century’ is not a peace project but in fact, a project for occupation.”
‘Will back Pakistan at
FATF despite pressure’
The Turkish president also hailed Pakistan’s efforts in the war on terrorism and said the country was the most affected by the menace. “We are fully cognizant of the problems faced by Pakistan and we will continue to extend cooperation to it to cope with them.”
“Despite all the pressure, I assure you Turkey’s unflinching support at the FATF.”
“Our friendship is based on love and respect. Pakistan’s pain is our pain,” the Turkish president said.
“Pakistan is moving towards progress and it cannot be achieved in days, it requires hard work.”
“Like in the past, we will continue to support Pakistan in the future,” he said.
Turkey ready to join CPEC projects
President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said Turkey wants to enhance trade with Pakistan and increase the trade volume between the two countries to $5 billion.
Addressing the Pakistan-Turkey Business and Investment Forum, the Turkish president said the trade volume between the two countries is below its true potential.
“We will quickly increase our bilateral trade to $1 billion and then bring it to $5 billion,” Erdogan said.
Erdogan said the two countries can collaborate in a number of industries for their mutual benefit.