President Dr. Arif Alvi departed on a three-day visit to Turkey this morning on the invitation of his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Talking to newsmen at Islamabad Airport prior to his departure, the President said Turkey is an important friend of Pakistan, which has always supported us on all issues, including Kashmir.
He said besides Saudi Arabia, we will also invite other friendly countries to invest in the country.
To a question, the President termed reports of landing of an Israeli aircraft in Pakistan baseless and unfounded. He said Pakistan is not going to establish any ties with Israel.
He said Pakistan had been supporting Palestine because like Kashmir, Gaza had also been faced with unprecedented atrocities.
During his stay in Turkey, the President will address the inaugural ceremony of new International Airport of Istanbul.
Presidents and Prime Ministers of several other countries will also participate in the ceremony.
President Dr. Arif Alvi is also expected to hold bilateral meetings with his Turkish counterpart and leaders of other countries on the occasion.
Pursuing the government’s ongoing austerity drive, the president opted to travel through commercial flight.
Setting aside the protocol, the president himself got his luggage security screened and went through the immigration process after awaiting his turn in the queue.