Islamabad: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi called on President of Republic of Turkey Hon. Recep Tayyip Erdogan on 18 May 2021 in Ankara.
The Foreign Minister conveyed best wishes from Prime Minister Imran Khan as well as appreciation for President Erdogan’s highlighting Israeli injustices and excesses against the Palestinian people.
The Foreign Minister briefed the Turkish President on the sentiment prevailing in Pakistan in support of the people of Palestine including the resolution unanimously adopted by the National Assembly, as well as the diplomatic contacts made by Pakistan on this issue.
President Erdogan appreciated the diplomatic outreach being carried out by the leadership of Pakistan on the Palestine issue. He noted that the Turkish Foreign Minister earlier in the day had informed the Turkish Parliament about the visit of the Foreign Minister of Pakistan and had acknowledged that Pakistan steadfastly stood behind the Palestinian people.
Thanking President Erdogan for his support on Jammu and Kashmir, the Foreign Minister underlined that it was a source of strength for the people of the occupied territory. The Foreign Minister assured Pakistan’s continued support to Turkey on its core interests.
Expressing concern on rising Islamophobia, the Foreign Minister emphasized the need for continued joint efforts at all relevant multilateral fora. He thanked President Erdogan for Turkey’s support in this regard.
Foreign Minister Qureshi also briefed the Turkish President on Pakistan’s facilitative role in the Afghan peace process and appreciated Turkey’s efforts in helping re-energize it.
The Foreign Minister remarked that the Prime Minister attached high importance to fraternal bilateral relations with Turkey including the institutional mechanism of the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC). He recalled President Erdogan’s last visit to Pakistan in February 2020, which helped transform Pakistan-Turkey relationship into a robust strategic partnership through Strategic Economic Framework (SEF).
President Erdogan stated that he looked forward to receiving Prime Minister Imran Khan in Turkey for the next session of the HLSCC at a mutually convenient date.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi is on a diplomatic peace mission, left for New York today (Wednesday) from Turkey.
Foreign Ministers of Palestine, Sudan and Turkey are also accompanying the Pakistani Foreign Minister.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi will attend the emergency meeting of United Nations General Assembly in connection with Palestine issue tomorrow and will draw the attention of international community on Israeli atrocities against unarmed Palestinians.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi will urge the world body to paly is due role in stopping Israeli atrocities against innocent Palestinians.
He will also hold important meetings with President General Assembly and other personalities. Besides, the Foreign Minister of Pakistan also interact with local and international men to highlight Pakistan’s stance on regional and international issues, especially the recent situation in Palestine. Prior to his departure, Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a meeting with his Palestinian counterpart Riyad al-Maliki and exchanged views over evolving situation in the Palestine.
He conveyed the resolve of Pakistani leadership, especially Prime Minister Imran Khan, to continue supporting Palestinians’ struggle for right to self-determination.
The Foreign Minister strongly condemned the Israeli aggression against the innocent people of Palestine.