Turkey to support Pakistan on Kashmir at UN: FM Cavusoglu

Pakistan and Turkey agree to bolster security, trade ties

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

Turkey has agreed to support Pakistan’s bid for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue at the UN.

The understanding came during the delegation level talks between both the countries in Islamabad on Friday in which Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi represented Pakistani side while the Turkish side by its Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Addressing a joint news conference Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday said that Turkey has agreed to support Pakistan’s bid for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue at the UN. “At the United Nations conference there will be a separate conference on Kashmir on the side. It happens every year but it is different this time because a new UN report has come out which sheds light on the India-held Kashmir.

“There has certainly been a surge in the interest of people in the human rights abuses that are taking place there. I invited FM Cavusoglu to that conference, and I am thankful to him that he accepted the invitation.”

Cavusoglu said that it’s Turkey’s wish that the Kashmir issue involving India and Pakistan gets resolved the UN in a peaceful manner. “In the group that has been formed over Kashmir in the UN, we will stand with Pakistan and try to make (its efforts) successful.”

FM Qureshi said that ways to enhance economic and commercial ties with Turkey were also discussed in his meeting with Cavusoglu. “In our meeting today we focused on enhancing our economic relations,” FM Qureshi said. “[We discussed] ways to facilitate each other.

“Our relationship has been very strong. There is a mutual interest. We understand each other’s sensitivities. Turkey has played a role in improving regional consensus and stability.”

“They also have a trilateral arrangement, which we can be used to further improve our regional stability and connectivity.” “I got the chance today to thank the Turkish FM for supporting Pakistan’s membership in Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). On the Netherlands caricature issue as well, Turkey supported us.” Qureshi further said that the situation of Afghanistan, Iran and Kashmir were also discussed during the meeting.

“Governments and people come and go, but real friendships cannot end,” Cavusoglu said. “This friendship should remain forever.

“In today’s meeting I discussed a lot of issues with FM Qureshi. The most important aspect of our discussion was on the strategic council, the sixth conference of which — God willing — will take place in Pakistan, and we will do all we can to make it happen,” Cavusoglu said.

“We have strengthened our commercial ties, and [decided to facilitate] our companies that want to work in Pakistan.” “We have a unique relation, therefore, we should work together to further enhance our relations. The security issue for both the countries is important and so is the economic and military cooperation.”

FM Cavusoglu said, “There is propaganda against Islam in Europe. We ran a campaign against the Netherlands caricatures, and thank God they shut it down.” The Turkish minister said that Pakistan and Turkey have suffered the most hardships in the war against terrorism.

Cavusoglu said that “Turkey will never forget Pakistan and its people’s help” in the failed 2016 Turkish coup d’état attempt. “The Gulen movement not only damaged Turkey but it caused destruction wherever it went,” he said. “Pakistan helped us in that and we would for it to keep doing so.”

Meanwhile, Pakistan and Turkey decided to continue close cooperation for strong defence ties and peace in the region.

According to ISPR spokesman, foreign minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at GHQ on Friday.

Focus of the discussion remained on Pak-Turkey relations, regional security including evolving situation in the Middle East, management of defence and security cooperation between both the countries.

Turkish foreign minister acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan’s contributions for conflict prevention in the region and also pledged to keep working for better relations between the two brotherly countries.

 

 

 

 

 

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