ISLAMABAD, 1 August 2020: Prime Minister Imran Khan received telephone call from President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha. 

Both leaders exchanged Eid greetings and best wishes for the two countries and peoples on this auspicious occasion.

Prime Minister congratulated President Erdogan on re-opening of Hagia Sophia for prayers and informed him that millions of Pakistanis watched it live on television.

The two leaders also exchanged views on a range of important issues. 

Recalling President Erdogan’s visit to Pakistan for 6th session of High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC) in February 2020, Prime Minister Imran Khan reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to further fortify bilateral cooperation in all areas.

Prime Minister Imran Khan appreciated Turkey for its role in the global fight against COVID-19 and for extending support to a number of countries, including Pakistan. 

The Prime Minister also briefed President Erdogan on the government’s strategy to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Pakistan and the particular focus on saving lives, securing livelihoods, and stimulating the economy. 

The two leaders also discussed need for Pakistan and Turkey to jointly work for medicine development.

The Pakistan-Turkey strategic relationship is underpinned by unique mutual trust, understanding and close cooperation. 

Pakistan deeply appreciates Turkey’s steadfast support for the just cause of Kashmir, which President Erdogan reaffirmed during his Address to the Joint Session of Parliament in February 2020. 

Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Erdogan agreed to stay in close contact on all issues of common interest.