Pakistan wants peacefull relations with India: PM
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif termed Turkey his second home and said it was always a pleasure to visit this friendly and brotherly country.
On the failed coup in Turkey in July 2016, the Prime Minister said that Pakistan reaffirmed solidarity with the Turkish government and nation for upholding the spirit of democracy.
He strongly condemned the `heinous attempt' against democracy and said that Pakistani nation had all prayers for the 248 Turkish martyrs who lost their lives for their motherland.
He said the Turkish nation's stance stood "mightier than the roaring tanks and guns" and their sacrifice would be remembered.
Calling the Turkish prime minister "my brother", Nawaz Sharif said they together held a very productive session of the High Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC), with focus on joint commitment to stronger partnership.
He expressed satisfaction that the friendship of Pakistan and Turkey friendship was flourishing with time and the two countries had excellent cooperation in education, energy, culture and defence.
He hoped that the Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding Agreements and MoUs signed today would further contribute to strengthening of relations between Pakistan and Turkey.
Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan and Turkey were celebrating 70 years of their diplomatic relations, which he said would further intensify and enrich the people-to-people relationship.
He lauded the leadership of Turkey for their support on the Kashmir issue and said Pakistan stood by Turkey on the issue of Cyprus.
He also thanked Turkey for its principle position on strategic stability in South Asia and said that Pakistan was committed for peaceful neighbourhood including having friendly relations with India.
Nawaz Sharif stressed the need to intensify joint efforts to combat Islamophobia.
"Pakistan and Turkey are committed to global peace and together we can work for peace to make the world a better place,".