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Turkish President will be a Valentine for Pakistan on 14 February, why his visit so important?

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will address a joint parliament session on February 14 during his visit to Pakistan.

Speaker Asad Qaiser said this during a National Assembly meeting, adding that he would consult with all parliamentary leaders in this regard, local media reported.

It should be noted that this will be the second meeting of Turkish Prime Minister with Imran Khan after the announcement of Pakistan’s failure to attend the Kuala Lumpur summit last December.

Earlier, the two leaders met on December 17 in Geneva at the first World Refugee Forum.

Three days later, on December 20, the Turkish president made a statement that Pakistan had not attended the Kuala Lumpur summit due to Saudi Arabia’s threat.

He said that Pakistan had to comply with Saudi Arabia’s wishes due to economic difficulties.

Earlier, on October 11 last year, it was announced that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan would visit Pakistan on October 23 to further strengthen Pakistan-Turkey relations and support the Pakistani stand on occupied Kashmir.

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Later, on October 17, the Foreign Office spokesman said that his visit had been postponed and new dates would be announced later.

However, Turkey was engaged in military operations against Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria, which also strained relations with the United States.
Therefore, the Turkish President will return to Pakistan on February 13 for a two-day visit and will address a joint session of parliament.

It should be noted that the brotherly relations of Turkey and Pakistan are very warm and strong and Turkey has always supported Pakistan.

Kashmir Issue

Apart from this, Turkey is also a strong supporter of the Pakistani stand on Occupied Kashmir, which raised its voice against Indian persecution in occupied Kashmir.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan raised the issue of the current situation in occupied Kashmir in his speech of the United Nations.

In his speech before the UN, he said that the stability and prosperity of South Asia can not be separated from the Kashmir issue.

Erdogan said that the 72-year-old Kashmir issue should be resolved through dialogue on the basis of justice and equity.

After supporting the Kashmiris, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to cancel his two-day official visit to Turkey. and

Erdogan also backed Pakistan at the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meet in Paris.

CPEC

On Feb 3, 2020, Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan said during an interview, “we invite Turkey to join China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Turkey can also cooperate with Pakistan in the mining sector, Prime Minister Imran Khan added.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said, “our relations with Turkey have been operating since caliphate and state relations with Turkey have been established since Pakistan came into being. We invite Turkey to join the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Turkey can also cooperate with Pakistan in the mining sector.”

Dual Nationality

A plan is under deliberation to mark consenses on dual nationality to the citizens of Pakistan and Turkey.

This plan came during a meeting in Islamabad between Interior Minister Brigadier (R) Ijaz Shah and Turkish Ambassador Ihsan Mustafa Yurdakul on Thursday, according to a statement issued by the Interior Ministry.

Turkish ambassador on behalf of his government posited that both the countries should sign an agreement regarding presuming dual nationality to the citizens of both countries.

Karkey dispute

The federal government has resolved the Karkey dispute with the help of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and saved $1.2bn.

It may be recalled that the Turkish President last visited Pakistan in PML-N government with his wife and high-level delegation in 2016.

At that time, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Assembly had boycotted attending a joint session of the Turkish President’s Parliament.

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