ISLAMABAD— President Dr. Arif Alvi and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday affirmed that Pakistan and Turkey would continue to extend mutual support on issues of each other’s core national interest.

Turkish President arrives on two-day official visit PM Imran Khan receives at Nur Khan airbase
President Dr. Arif Alvi and Turkish President H.E Recep Tayyip Erdogan shaking hands at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on February 13, 2020.

They also underscored the importance of fully realizing the immense potential of the relationship between the two countries and transforming it into a strong and dynamic trade and economic partnership.

Turkish President arrives on two-day official visit PM Imran Khan receives at Nur Khan airbase
President Dr. Arif Alvi and Turkish President H.E Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a delegation level meeting at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on February 13, 2020.

President Erdogan, who along with a high-level delegation arrived here on a two-day visit to attend the 6th Session of High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC), met President Dr. Alvi at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.

Turkish President arrives on two-day official visit PM Imran Khan receives at Nur Khan airbase
President Dr. Arif Alvi in a meeting with the Turkish President H.E Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on February 13, 2020.

President Alvi, extending a warm welcome to President Erdogan, expressed gratification over the level of enhanced and multifaceted engagement between the two countries. The 6th Session of High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council would further strengthen and broaden the fraternal relations between Pakistan and Turkey, he added.

Turkish President arrives on two-day official visit PM Imran Khan receives at Nur Khan airbase
President Dr. Arif Alvi and Turkish President H.E Recep Tayyip Erdogan along with First Ladies at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on February 13, 2020.

Both the leaders underlined the special significance of the historic bilateral relationship between the two countries in diverse areas, including political, economic, cultural, defense and people-to-people contacts.

President Alvi apprised President Erdogan of the worsening human rights situation in the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir and took the opportunity to thank his Turkish counterpart for his principled stand on Kashmir.

Turkish President arrives on two-day official visit PM Imran Khan receives at Nur Khan airbase
Turkish President H.E Recep Tayyip Erdogan and First Lady Mrs. Emine Erdogan being presented bouquets by children on their arrival at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on February 13, 2020.

The two leaders also exchanged views on regional and international issues.
President Alvi highlighted Pakistan’s efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan and stressed that the world community should extend its help in Afghanistan’s post-conflict reconstruction.

The two presidents also agreed that Pakistan and Turkey must continue to work closely to counter challenges facing the Ummah, including Islamophobia.

The President and First Lady later hosted a banquet in honor of President and Mrs. Erdogan and the entourage accompanying them.


Turkish President presented guard of honour at PM House

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was on Thursday presented a guard of honor during an official welcome ceremony held here at the Prime Minister House.

Turkish President arrives on two-day official visit PM Imran Khan receives at Nur Khan airbase
Prime Minister Imran Khan and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan standing in respect of the National Anthems during Guard of Honour Ceremony in Islamabad on February 13, 2020

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 honor 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 Tayyip Erdogan introduced their respective delegations.

Earlier, President Erdogan was accorded a warm red-carpet welcome at the Nur Khan airbase as he arrived on a two-day official visit to Pakistan. Prime Minister Imran Khan received the Turkish leader. Senior Pakistani officials, as well as the Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan, were also present on the occasion.

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 the welcome ceremony.

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.

Turkish President arrives on two-day official visit PM Imran Khan receives at Nur Khan airbase
Prime Minister Imran Khan and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan standing in respect of the National Anthems during Guard of Honour Ceremony in Islamabad on February 13, 2020

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.

Turkish President arrives on two-day official visit PM Imran Khan receives at Nur Khan airbase
President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan inspecting Guard of Honour in Islamabad on February 13, 2020

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.


Turkish President arrives on the two-day official visit: PM receives at Nur Khan airbase

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey was accorded a warm red-carpet welcome as he arrived here Thursday on a two-day official visit.

Turkish President arrives on two-day official visit PM Imran Khan receives at Nur Khan airbase
President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan being presented bouquet of flowers upon arrival in Islamabad on February 13, 2020

Prime Minister Imran Khan received the Turkish leader at the Nur Khan Airbase. Senior Pakistani officials, as well as the Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan, were also present on the occasion.

Turkish President arrives on two-day official visit PM Imran Khan receives at Nur Khan airbase
Prime Minister Imran Khan receives President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan upon arrival in Islamabad on February 13, 2020

Two children, clad in traditional Pakistani costume, presented a bouquet to President Erdogan and the Turkish First Lady.

Turkish President arrives on two-day official visit PM Imran Khan receives at Nur Khan airbase
Prime Minister Imran Khan receives President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan upon arrival in Islamabad on February 13, 2020

A contingent of static guards presented salute to the visiting dignitaries.

Later, Prime Minister Imran Khan himself drove President Erdogan to the Prime Minister House for the welcome ceremony.

Turkish President arrives on two-day official visit PM Imran Khan receives at Nur Khan airbase
Prime Minister Imran Khan receives President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan upon arrival in Islamabad on February 13, 2020

President Erdogan, who was 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.

Turkish President arrives on two-day official visit PM Imran Khan receives at Nur Khan airbase
Prime Minister Imran Khan drives Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from Nur Khan Base, Rawalpindi on February 13, 2020

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, 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 of Pakistan.

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.

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