Islamabad, August 01, 2020 (PPI-OT): President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan called President Dr. Arif Alvi and conveyed warm greetings on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Azha today. Reciprocating the felicitations, President Dr. Alvi remarked that this year, Eid-ul-Azha was being celebrated at a time when the international community was facing a number of challenges, including COVID-19 which had hugely impacted the global economy. He appreciated Turkey’s leading role in the global fight against COVID-19 by providing assistance and support to many countries including Pakistan.
President Arif Alvi also highlighted the plight of Kashmiris in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, and Muslims in India who were living under the shadow of fear and discrimination. He recalled President Erdogan’s unequivocal statement before the UN General Assembly and expressed the hope that Turkey will continue to raise its principled voice on this issue as the world approaches first anniversary of illegal and unilateral actions of India in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
President Dr. Arif Alvi added that during these difficult times, the occupation regimes continue their extreme repression in Palestine and Kashmir.
Turkish President assured that his country would continue to support Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir as both brotherly countries have similar goals. President Erdogan also invited President Dr. Arif Alvi to visit Turkey as the Covid- 19 Pandemic ends. President Dr. Arif Alvi reiterated Pakistan’s steadfast support to Turkey on its legitimate interests and assured that Pakistan will continue its policy to provide Turkey with all possible support. President Dr. Alvi also congratulated President Erdogan on the re-opening of Hagia Sophia for prayers.
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