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Turkey assured Pakistan of all-out support for solution to Kashmir issue

15 September, 2018

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ISLAMABAD: Turkey on Friday assured Pakistan of all-out support in finding a peaceful solution to Kashmir issue, “It is a Turkey’s wish that the Kashmir issue – involving India and Pakistan – gets resolved in a peaceful manner,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told a joint press conference after formal talks with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

“In the group that has been formed on Kashmir at the UN, we will stand by Pakistan and try to make its endeavours successful,” he said, and added that his country would back Pakistan’s stance at every forum.

During the talks that lasted for two hours, both sides expressed a strong determination to make collective efforts in confronting Islamophobia and other attempts to malign or distort the great message of peace and respect for humanity imbibed in the Holy Quran and repeatedly demonstrated in the life of Holy Prophet (PBUH).

“There is propaganda against Islam in Europe. We ran an effective campaign against the Netherlands caricatures contest, and thank God they shut it down,” Cavusoglu maintained.

Pakistan’s membership for the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) – a group that seeks to prevent nuclear proliferation – also came under discussion. The Turkish foreign minister assured that Pakistan’s bid for the membership would be fully supported.

Besides, current situation in the Muslim world in general, and Afghanistan, Iran and Kashmir in particular, was also discussed during the talks.

Commenting on the formation of new government in Pakistan, the foreign minister said: “Governments and people come and go, but real friendship cannot end.”

Both countries agreed to convene the next meeting of strategic council in Pakistan for which dates are being finalised.

On trade and commercial cooperation between the two countries, Cavusoglu said that Turkish companies would invest in Pakistan. He also underlined the importance of economic and military cooperation between Pakistan and Turkey.

The minister said that Pakistan and Turkey had suffered the most in the war against terrorism, and added that both countries would continue to cooperate with each other in fighting the menace jointly.

Recalling the failed military coup in 2016, he said that Turkey would never forget Pakistan and its people’s support.

Cavusoglu said that Pakistan would always have a special significance in Turkish foreign policy. He lauded Pakistan’s successful and strong action to subdue and defeat the menace of extremism and terrorism.

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