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Turkish President will address Joint session of Pakistani Parliament on 14th Feb., 2020

ISLAMABAD: President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan will address the joint sitting of the parliament on the 14th of this month.

This was disclosed by Speaker of National Assembly Asad Qaiser during the National Assembly session here today.

A relevant piece published earlier:

Pakistan supports Turkey’s Syria offensive

12th of October, 2019

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has offered rare backing to Turkey in its offensive against Kurdish forces in Syria, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expected to visit Islamabad later this month.

Prime Minister Imran Khan called Erdogan to “convey Pakistan’s support and solidarity,” said the PM Office.

“The prime minister told him [Erdogan] that Pakistan fully understands Turkey’s concerns relating to terrorism,” it said, adding “Pakistan is fully cognizant of the threats and challenges being faced by Turkey having lost 40,000 of its people to terrorism”.

Khan told Erdogan that “Pakistan stands in full support and solidarity with Turkey,” it said.

“We pray that Turkey’s efforts for enhanced security, regional stability and peaceful resolution of the Syrian situation are fully successful,” Khan was quoted as saying.

Erdogan reluctant to stop Syria assault despite US warning of fresh sanctions

Earlier today, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara won’t stop assault against Kurdish forces in Syria despite any threat by any country.

Erdogan also dismissed threats from the US of fresh sanctions.

The President of the United States (POTUS) Donald Trump had yesterday warned Turkey to immediately stop attacks on Kurdish forces in Syria. Trump had warned that Washington will impose sanctions on Ankara if the attacks won’t stop.

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper “strongly encouraged” Turkey to halt its offensive as a prelude to such negotiations, warning otherwise of “serious consequences”.

However, Erdogan seemed reluctant to obey the US orders and vowed that the assault “will not stop” at any cost.

“Now there are threats coming from left and right, telling us to stop this,” he said. “We will not step back.”

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.