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Mamnoon felicitates Erdogan on winning polls!

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain, on behalf of the Government and people of Pakistan, has extended heartfelt felicitations to President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his victory in the elections.

The president underscored that the large turn-out and the peaceful conduct of the parliamentary and presidential elections was a testimony to the strength and vibrancy of Turkey’s democratic values and institutions, the Foreign Office said in a press release on Sunday.

Mamnoon Hussain also expressed the hope that Turkey would continue on the path of progress and prosperity under the leadership of president Erdogan and the historic and unparalleled bilateral relations between Pakistan and Turkey would continue to grow from strength to strength.

Pakistani Prime Minister Justice (Retd) Nasir-ul-Mulk Monday congratulated President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on his historic win in the presidential election and success of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the parliamentary elections. The Prime Minister in a message said the electoral victory was a vote of strong confidence in the leadership and vision of President Erdogan, and the remarkable progress made by Turkey under the AK Party.

The Prime Minister also commended the strength of Turkish democratic institutions and values and felicitated the people and the Government of Turkey on the peaceful conduct of the parliamentary and presidential elections.
Prime Minister Justice (Retd) Nasir-ul-Mulk said the people of Pakistan take great pride in the progress and development achieved by Turkey, and expressed the hope that the bonds of historic brotherhood between the people of Pakistan and Turkey would continue to grow ever stronger in future. He also reiterated Government of Pakistan’s strong commitment to continue working with the brotherly Government of Turkey to expand the existing strategic bilateral relations in all spheres.

A Chinese foreign ministry’s spokesperson on Monday congratulated Recep Tayyip Erdogan for winning Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections. “China respects the choice of the Turkish people and congratulates President Erdogan on his re-election,” Geng Shuang said during his regular press briefing held here. The spokesperson said, China always attached great importance to developing China-Turkey relations. “In recent years, under the guidance of the heads of state of the two countries, bilateral relations and cooperation in various fields have been advancing and many positive results have been achieved,” he added. He said China was willing to work with Turkey to continue its efforts to promote greater development of China-Turkey strategic cooperative relations so as to benefit the two countries and peoples.

Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin, while congratulating Erdoğan on his reelection held: “The results of the vote fully speak of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s great political authority (and) mass support of the course conducted under his leadership to solve Turkey’s pressing social and economic tasks (and) strengthen the country’s position in the international arena.” It is pertinent to mention here that Turkey and Russia are on opposite sides in Syria:  with Moscow remaining the chief ally of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and Ankara backing rebels seeking his ouster.

Relevant pieces published earlier:

i) As votes are being counted all over Turkey after the closing of polls today, Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling AK Party emerge as winners.   Many held earlier that snap election represented the biggest electoral threat for President Erdoğan in 15 years. While ruling Turkey, Erdoğan had consolidated power and crushed anti-government protests. After the failed military coup of 2016, he fired thousands of government workers and jailed many. Though a section of Press – lamenting government dominance of the media alleged mass rigging – it is quite certain that 64-year-old Tayyip Erdogan’s reign has not finished yet.  (Published on 24th of June 2018)

ii) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday was cheered on by tens of thousands of supporters at a rally in Istanbul ahead of next weekend’s election, after facing tough opposition in the campaign. Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) which he co-founded in 2001 are seeking a second term in power in snap parliamentary and presidential polls on June 24. “Are you in for a strong government on June 24?” Erdogan asked the crowds who filled the Yenikapi rallying ground on the European side despite the heavy rains earlier in the day. “Are you in for a strong Turkey on June 24? Will you make history on June 24?” he said, with the crowd replying “yes” in harmony. “I believe this job is over in Istanbul. With Allah’s permission, Istanbul has made its decision,” Erdogan told his supporters waving Turkish flags. Erdogan is a clear favorite to win Sunday’s elections but analysts say the victory is a not foregone conclusion and that the vote could go to a run-off. “When we already have a true servant of the people, I don’t care about the utopia of his rivals,” Ali Beral, a fervent supporter of Erdogan, told AFP during the rally. “God willing, we will win again and we will emerge stronger,” he said. 

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.