Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa called on Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Turkey General (Retired) Hulusi Akar today.
According to the Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR), during the meeting, matters of mutual interest, regional security and measures to further enhance bilateral defense collaboration were discussed.
COAS said that Pakistan values its unique relationship with Turkey and would always stand by our brothers.
The visiting dignitary appreciated Pakistan’s contributions for conflict prevention in the region and for standing by Turkey & pledged the same for Pakistan.
Earlier today, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed the joint parliamentary session in Islamabad.
During his addressed Erdogan said Pakistan is my second home. Pakistan is on the way to peace and stability.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan further said “I thank God for giving me this opportunity. I am thankful to each of you individually for allowing me to address this joint session of Parliament,”
“I am thankful to all of you for the way in which the people of Pakistan have welcomed us. I have never felt like a stranger in Pakistan; it has always been like a home.
“Today, Pakistan and Turkey’s relations are admirable for others […]. During difficult times, Pakistan has supported Turkey.”
Quoting a poem by poet Allama Iqbal, Erdogan said: “Yes, like the poet of Lahore, people were drowning in these emotions, people of Pakistan had supported Turkey.
“We can never forget this.”
Turkey’s president also offered Friday prayers at Faisal Mosque in Islamabad and also addressed the Park-Turk Business Forum meeting in Islamabad.