PKONWEB Report (ISLAMABAD): Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday called Prime Minister Imran Khan and congratulated him on his speech in the parliament as well as his statesman-like offers to India for de-escalating the situation and working towards peace, according to a statement issued by the PM Office.
“Islam is the religion of peace that underscores resolving disputes in a peaceful manner, Erdogan said, and appreciated the announcement by the prime minister to release the captured Indian Air Force pilot. He pointed out that this gesture was a sign of strength.
A day earlier, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Turkey has announced to stand with Pakistan and its people in the pace of Indian aggression.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that he has told Pakistan that “Turkey is willing to mediate between India and Pakistan”, TRT reported.
Turkish ambassador to Pakistan Ihsan Mustafa Yurdakul on Wednesday said that Istanbul is aligned with Islamabad’s stance on Kashmir issue, as he stressed that “dialogue and not war” is the only solution to Pakistan-India problems.
Prime Minister Khan also briefed President Erdogan on the situation that evolved over the past few days and the efforts he made to de-escalate the crisis. He also referred to the extremely difficult situation in Indian-held Kashmir and the brutalities inflicted upon the Kashmiri people. He also thanked President Erdogan for his constant support for Pakistan and the Kashmiri people.
Both leaders agreed that President Erdogan’s visit to Pakistan for the Pakistan-Turkey High Level Strategic Cooperation Council meeting coming month will provide an opportunity for in-depth overview of bilateral relations and the way forward. “Pakistan is the country that will always stand by Turkey,” Imran asserted.