Pakistani President Arif Alvi said that his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan showed a courageous stance regarding Gaza.
This came on the occasion of the centenary of the founding of the Turkish Republic, and it touched on various issues, including the situation in the Gaza Strip.
Pakistani President Alvi said: “On behalf of the people and government of Pakistan, I extend my sincere congratulations to my brother, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the occasion of the centenary of the founding of the Turkish Republic.”
Alvi pointed out that the exceptional relationship between Turkey and Pakistan is based on mutual understanding on global issues, and stated that Turkey stands with Pakistan on the Kashmir issue.
Regarding the Israeli attacks on Gaza, Alvi said that Turkey has shown great leadership in confronting the brutality in Gaza.
He added: “My brother Erdogan showed a courageous stance on Gaza. I believe that the Islamic world will also take a courageous stance on this issue.”
Alvi stated that what is happening in Gaza is very painful, and said, “Kashmir and Gaza. But what is happening in Gaza cannot be compared to anything that happened in the world.”
On the other hand, Alvi pointed out that the Anatolia region has always embraced those who sought refuge there following every calamity that befell Europe in the past four or five centuries.
He added: “The world has forgotten how Muslims have embraced people of all religions in Anatolia and Andalusia throughout history.”
Turkey celebrates “Republic Day” on October 29 of each year, which is the anniversary of the declaration of the republic by its founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in 1923.