Pakistan is my second home, says Turkish President

Pakistan is my second home, says Turkish President
# 14 February 2020 11:34 (UTC +04:00)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is on a two-day official trip to Pakistan, has reached the Parliament House where he will address the joint session, APA reports citing Pakistani media.

Upon arrival, Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani and National Assembly Speake Asad Qaiser welcomed the visiting dignitary.

Prime Minister Imran Khan accompanied the the Turkish president.

Speaker Asad Qaiser welcomed the Turkish president and said, “he is a true friend of Pakistan and an important leader of the Islamic world.”

In his address, Erdogan thanked the Pakistani people and leadership over the warm welcome he was accorded upon arrival.

“It is my pleasure to speak to you. I am thankful to you for giving me the opportunity to address this august house.”

“While in Pakistan, I think as if I am at my home,” he said.

"We can never forget the sacrifices made by the people of South Asia for the freedom of Turkey."

Reiterating his support for Kashmir's cause, Erdogan said, "For Turkey, Kashmir is as it is for Pakistan."

“Our friendship is based on love and respect. Pakistan’s pain is our pain,” the Turkish president said.

"Pakistan is moving towards progress and it can not be achieved in days, it requires hard work."

"Like in the past, we will continue to support Pakistan in the future," he said.

"Despite all the pressure, I assure you Turkey's unflinching support at the FATF."

He tanked Pakistan for extending support when the earthquake hit the country. "The way Pakistani nation helped us, I can never forget."

The Turkish president also hailed Pakistan's efforts in the war on terrorism and said the country was the most affected by this menace. “We are fully cognizant of the problems faced by Pakistan and we will continue to extend cooperation to it to cope with them.”