Erdogan extended warm welcome at President’s House, attends reception

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan receives President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan upon his arrival, here Thursday. - PID photo

ISLAMABAD: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has received a warm welcome upon his arrival at the President House.
President Dr Arif Alvi received Erdogan and Turkish First Lady at the President House. Children have presented bouquets to the Turkish President and First Lady.
It is noteworthy to mention here that President Alvi summoned a joint session of the Parliament on Friday (today) at 11:00 am which will be addressed by President Erdogan.
Earlier in the day, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Islamabad on a two-day official visit to Pakistan over the invitation of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Prime Minister Imran received the Turk president at Nur Khan Airbase. PM Khan was accompanied by federal cabinet members. PM Imran personally drove Tayyip Erdogan to the Prime Minister’s House.
Two children clad in traditional Pakistani costume presented bouquets to President Erdogan and the Turkish First Lady.
Prime Minister Imran Khan later himself drove President Erdogan to the Prime Minister House for welcome ceremony.
Meanwhile, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was presented a guard of honour during an official welcome ceremony held here at the Prime Minister House. Upon arrival at the PM House, President Erdogan was warmly welcomed by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
President Erdogan, who was presented a salute and guard of honour by a smartly turned-out contingent of the armed forces, reviewed the guard.
National anthems of the two countries were also played on the occasion. Later, Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Recep Rayyip Erdogan introduced their respective delegations.
President Tayyip Erdogan is accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising cabinet members and senior government officials besides heads and CEOs of leading Turkish corporations.
President Erdogan, who is visiting Pakistan on the invitation of Prime Minister Imran Khan, was accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising cabinet members and senior government officials, as well as heads and CEOs (Chief Executive Officers) of leading Turkish corporations.
During the visit, Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Erdogan will have a tete-a-tete, after which they will co-chair the 6th Session of the Pakistan-Turkey High Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC) in the joint cabinet format.
At the conclusion of the session, a Joint Declaration will be signed. A number of important agreements/MoUs (Memorandums of Understanding) are expected to be concluded. The two leaders will have a joint press stakeout, the Foreign Office said in a statement issued here on Wednesday.
Besides, holding a separate meeting with President Dr. Arif Alvi, President Erdogan will also address a Joint Session of the Parliament.
Together with Prime Minister Imran Khan, President Erdogan will address the Pakistan-Turkey Business and Investment Forum, which brings together leading investors and business-people from both sides.
The High Level Strategic Cooperation Council is the highest level decision-making forum, providing strategic direction to further strengthening of relations between the two countries. There are seven Joint Working Groups (JWGs) working under the HLSCC, focused on Political Coordination; Trade & Investment; Energy; Banking & Finance; Transport & Communications; Culture & Tourism; and Education. So far, 5 sessions of the HLSCC have been held, alternately in Islamabad and Ankara.
Pakistan and Turkey have a unique and abiding relationship characterized by mutual support and exceptional mutual trust and understanding. The two brotherly countries have always been each other’s steadfast partners. Turkey supports the cause of self-determination for the people of Indian-Occupied Jammu & Kashmir. Pakistan stands by Turkey on the question of Cyprus.
Under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Erdogan, Pakistan-Turkey relations have further fortified into an enduring partnership. Both sides place a strong emphasis on forging a robust economic relationship. There is also a joint resolve to translate
historic amity into vibrant cooperation in diverse fields, including in the context of combating Islamophobia, promoting Islamic solidarity, and advancing shared goals of regional peace, security and stability.
The visit of President Erdogan will serve to underscore the traditional solidarity and affinity between the two countries, and prove to be another significant milestone in the further deepening and broadening of the flourishing Pakistan-Turkey strategic partnership, the statement concluded. – NNI