The foreign ministers of Pakistan, Turkey and Azerbaijan discussed, today, Wednesday, in Islamabad a number of files, and confirmed the keenness of the three countries to develop military cooperation, trade exchange and coordination of political positions.
The Pakistani Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, said that the meeting provided an opportunity to learn about “the common challenges facing us, and we renewed our support for the national security of our countries.”
“We believe that the solution to the Cyprus issue is based on the fact that there are two communities recognized, which is stipulated in United Nations resolutions,” he added.
As for Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, he pointed out that the volume of trade exchange between his country and Pakistan reached 100 million dollars, saying that this number “must be increased”.
Ihsanoglu pointed to the high level of defense cooperation between Pakistan and Turkey, adding that “this is encouraging.”
He said that the meeting “discussed issues of Kashmir, Cyprus, Nagorno Karabakh and the eastern Mediterranean.”
Ihsanoglu announced that Ankara, Islamabad and Baku have decided to take important steps regarding enhancing security, stability and prosperity.
For his part, the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister, Jeyhun Bayram Off, praised the Pakistani and Turkish support for Azerbaijan in the Nagorno Karabakh case, and said that “their position reflects their being partners and friends.”
“We have a common vision to develop cooperation between our countries, and I invite you to participate in efforts to rebuild the newly liberated lands,” he added.
In the same context, the Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan, received Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, where they stressed the importance of the exceptional political relations between the two countries.
Khan and Cavusoglu also stressed the need to strengthen cooperative relations in the fields of trade, defense, investment and culture.
Kashmir and Islamophobia
Khan thanked Turkey for its supportive stance on the issue of Kashmir, noting that India was taking steps that would threaten security and stability in the region.
The Prime Minister referred to the importance of ending the conflict in Afghanistan by peaceful means, pointing to the contributions made by his country in this context.
He called for cooperation between his country and Turkey in order to combat Islamophobia, and to provide a better explanation of Muslims’ love and respect for the Prophet Muhammad, may God bless him and grant him peace.
Pakistani President Aref Alawi also received Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, and the two sides stressed the importance of joint action regarding efforts to combat Islamophobia, hate crimes and intolerance against Islam.
The Pakistani president awarded the Turkish minister the “Pakistan Crescent” medal in an honoring ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Islamabad.