President Erdogan Speech To Joint Session of Parliament

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed a joint session of Parliament today (Friday).

President Erdogan began his speech by thanking the MNAs and senators. He also praised his welcome in Islamabad.

I have never felt like a stranger in Pakistan, he said, adding that he feels like he is in his own home. He also lauded the closeness between Pakistanis and Turks.

I extend the well wishes and greetings of the people and parliamentarians of Turkey, he said. We share a common history.

Relations between Pakistan and Turkey were set by Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal, he said.

Pakistani women sold their jewelry to support Turkey’s independence movement, he said, adding that Turkey could never forget the people who lined up to pray for it.

How could we forget the people who didn’t abandon us, despite being threatened, he asked.

Kashmir is the same to us as it is to you, he said.

Kashmiris have been faced with difficulties for years, he said. “Our prayers are with the people of Palestine, Cyprus and Kashmir.”

Pakistan has proven to be a close friend of Turkey, he said. It has helped us, he added. We will continue this close relationship, Erdogan vowed.

The Turkish president vowed to support Pakistan before the FATF. He appreciated Pakistan’s efforts to fight terrorism. We will continue to work with Pakistan to fight terrorism, he said.

“Pakistan’s pain is our pain, its success is our success.”

Discussing Trump’s Middle East peace plan, he said it wasn’t a peace plan, it was an occupation plan.

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