Er­do­gan calls for world unity to counter ter­ror­ism

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD: The Pres­i­dent of Turkey Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan called the Mus­lim world Thurs­day to forge unity and take prac­ti­cal mea­sures to counter the threat of ter­ror­ism. Er­do­gan made his re­marks dur­ing his ad­dress to a joint ses­sion of Pak­istan’s Par­lia­ment in Is­lam­abad, where he is cur­rently vis­it­ing along­side an ac­com­pa­ny­ing of­fi­cial del­e­ga­tion.

Ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions such as the so-called Is­lamic State (IS) and AlQaeda are dis­tort­ing the teach­ings and prin­ci­ples of the re­li­gion of Is­lam, which pro­motes peace and tol­er­ance, and the im­age of Is­lamic world as well, he said.

The Turk­ish Pres­i­dent also stressed the im­por­tance of fight­ing those ter­ror­ists any­where in the world and bring­ing them to jus­tice as soon as pos­si­ble. Mean­while, he pointed out the deep-rooted and his­toric ties be­tween Pak­istani and Turk­ish, adding that the two coun­tries have al­ways shared mu­tual joy and grief mo­ments dur­ing var­i­ous oc­ca­sions. Er­do­gan also ex­pressed his as­pi­ra­tion to ex­pand mul­ti­di­men­sional re­la­tions with Is­lam­abad in var­i­ous fields, in­clud­ing de­fense, cul­ture, ed­u­ca­tion, and health. The two coun­tries have set the tar­get of en­hanc­ing their bi­lat­eral trade ties to USD one bil­lion, the Turk­ish Pres­i­dent said, point­ing out their signed 51 MoUs and agree­ments over the last few years, and stressed the im­por­tance of fo­cus­ing on projects that cre­ate job op­por­tu­ni­ties for the peo­ple of both coun­tries. Er­do­gan also stressed the need for boost­ing re­la­tions be­tween Pak­istan and Afghanistan that is vi­tal for peace and se­cu­rity in the re­gion. For his part, Pak­istani Na­tional As­sem­bly Speaker Sar­dar Ayaz Sadiq praised the vis­it­ing Turk­ish Pres­i­dent, the Turk­ish peo­ple, who he de­scribed as “heroic peo­ple”, and the “coura­geous” mem­bers of the Turk­ish Par­lia­ment for their na­tional ef­forts to pro­tect and pre­serve their con­sti­tu­tion and democ­racy.

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