PR No. 129 PRIME MINISTER MUHAMMAD NAWAZ SHARIF AND PRESIDENT RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN MEET IN NEW YORK New York: 20 Sept. 2016.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly session in New York today. The Prime Minister was assisted by Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Syed Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, among others.
This was the first meeting between both the leaders since the failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, 2016. The Prime Minister conveyed the sense of relief and strong sentiment of support on behalf of Pakistani people to President Erdogan on his successful handling of the coup. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was among the first world leaders to call the Turkish President and express Pakistan’s support and solidarity with the democratically elected government and the people of Turkey while the coup was being thwarted.
The two sides exchanged views on regional situation in South Asia as well as the Middle East, particularly in Indian Occupied Kashmir, Syria and Iraq.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif reiterated strong support for the people of Jammu and Kashmir who have been the victims of brutal atrocities at the hands of Indian occupation forces for decades. The Prime Minister shared the latest situation in Kashmir, especially the uprising that has unfolded in recent months as a result of barbaric Indian acts of violence against innocent Kashmiris and gross human rights abuses at the state level.
President Erdogan said that Turkey will make arrangements for sending a fact finding mission to Indian Occupied Kashmir in the capacity of the Chair of human rights commission of the OIC Contact Group. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif thanked the President for his support. The Turkish President said that we are friends forever; Turkey and Pakistan are inseparable countries, the President stated.
The Prime Minister conveyed condolences to the Turkish President on the recent terrorist incidents in various cities across Turkey that had led to the loss of precious human lives. The Prime Minister expressed hope that the brave Turkish brethren will be able to overcome these challenges soon.
President Erdogan said Turkey and Pakistan have always been and will continue to remain strong and steadfast partners in bringing peace and progress in their respective regions as well as in the Muslim world.
The Prime Minister hailed the positive contribution of Turkish companies who had invested in infrastructure and services sector in Pakistan. He invited Turkish firms to enhance their investments in Pakistan.
While highlighting the significance of Pakistan-Turkey Free Trade Agreement, the Prime Minister stressed upon the need of finalizing it at the earliest so that both countries could maximize the trade potential.
The Prime Minister thanked the Turkish President for playing a constructive role in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). He shared details of Pakistan’s strong credentials in non-proliferation as well as nuclear safety and security which make it an ideal candidate for NSG membership.