Erdogan to Address Joint Parliamentary Session on Feb 14

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will talk to the Parliament on Feb 14, Speaker Asad Qaiser, stated on Thursday.

Erdogan will meet Pakistan’s legislators for the fourth time. The speaker said he would hold discussions on the matter with all parliamentary leaders.

The Turkish president was scheduled to pay an official visit to Pakistan on Oct 23 last year to cement relations between the two countries and to extend full support to Pakistan’s stance on the Kashmir issue.

The visit, however, was postponed after Turkey’s involvement with a military offensive against Kurdish militants in Syria that raised tensions with Washington and other Western nations.

Ahead of the October visit, Prime Minister Imran Khan had said: “The government and the people of Pakistan are looking forward to accord a warm welcome to President Erdogan.”

Erodgan last visited Pakistan in 2016, during the PML-N-led government, during which he also addressed the parliament. He was accompanied by his spouse Emine Erdogan and a high-level delegation.

The guests were received at the Nur Khan Airbase in Rawalpindi by then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his cabinet members and senior officials, first lady late Kulsoom Nawaz, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and his younger brother Shahbaz Sharif.

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