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Turkey’s Erdogan Praises Pakistan PM’s Statesman-like Offers to India

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan received telephonic calls from Turkish Recep Tayyip Erdogan and UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan this evening.

The phone calls came hours after Prime Minister Khan announced that Pakistan was releasing an Indian pilot captured by Pakistan army after an air combatant in Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Feb 27.

“As a peace gesture, we are releasing the Indian pilot tomorrow,” Khan told a joint sitting of the Parliament, a welcome which won praise for the prime minister from across the world.

According to an official press statement, President Erdogan congratulated the Prime Minister on his speech at the Parliament and his statesman -like offers to India for de-escalating the situation and working towards peace.

He said that Islam is a religion of peace that underscores resolving disputes in a peaceful manner.
President Erdogan appreciated the announcement by the Prime Minister to release the captured Indian Air Force pilot.
He pointed out that this gesture was a sign of strength.

Prime Minister Imran Khan briefed President Erdogan on the situation as it evolved over the past few days and the efforts he made to de-escalate the crisis.

He also referred to the extremely difficult situation in Indian occupied Kashmir and the brutalities inflicted upon the Kashmiri people.
Prime Minister Khan thanked President Erdogan for his constant support for Pakistan and the Kashmiri people.
Both leaders agreed that President Erdogan’s visit to Pakistan for the Pakistan-Turkey high level strategic cooperation council meeting would provide the opportunity for an in-depth overview of bilateral relations and the way forward.
PM Khan underscored that “Pakistan is the one country that will always stand by Turkey”.

Separately, PM Khan received a telephonic call from UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, who
The crown prince congratulated the Prime Minister on his statesman-like speech in the Joint Session of the Parliament.
He appreciated Prime Minister Khan’s willingness to resolve all issues in a peaceful manner.

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