LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif especially attended the emergency meeting of Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) which held at Istanbul on Wednesday.
According to a hand-out issued here, the chief minister was warmly received by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who expressed the sentiments of good gesture when Shehbaz Sharif reached there to attend the OIC Conference.
A meeting was also held between Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
During the meeting, bilateral discussion was held regarding the US announcement about recognizing occupied Bait-ul-Muqaddas as the Israeli capital in addition to further expansion of Pak-Turk relations.
The Chief Minister also held a meeting with Palestinian President Mehmood Abbas on the occasion of OIC Conference.
Turkish President and the Chief Minister strongly condemned the US announcement of accepting occupied Bait-ul-Muqaddas as the Israeli capital and termed it as adding salt to injury of Muslim Ummah.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomed the participation of Punjab Chief Minister in the conference and said that he welcomes the participation of Shehbaz Sharif in the special session of OIC Conference.
Shehbaz Sharif said that it is time to maintain unity and cohesion among the Muslim Ummah. The US announcement of accepting occupied Bait-ul-Muqadas as the Israeli capital has become a threat to maintaining peace in the region and all the Muslim countries have rejected this decision.
While talking about the Pak-Turk relations, the Chief Minister said that growing economic cooperation between the two countries is strengthening the mutual friendship and added that example of Pak-Turk relations is difficult to find in the history of the nations. He said that Pakistan and Turkey have harmonious point of view about the promotion and strengthening of peace in the region.
Due to the strengthening of democratic norms and continuity of policies, Turkey has emerged as a prosperous and developed country in the world. Both Pakistan and Turkey enjoy exemplary relations because of their close and continuous contacts and enduring friendship. With every passing moment, these relations are being further strengthened, he concluded.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif also held a detailed meeting with the Mayor of Istanbul Mr. Mevlut Uysal in Turkey on Wednesday.
According to a handout issued here, during the meeting, different matters of mutual interest, including extension of cooperation in different sectors, for bringing further improvements in civic amenities came under discussion. Both the leaders strongly condemned the US announcement of accepting occupied Bait-ul-Muqaddas as the Israeli capital.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had represented the sentiments of whole Muslim-world on the issue of occupied Bait-ul-Muqaddas. The US decision of accepting occupied Bait-ul-Muqaddas as the Israeli capital could sabotage peace in the Middle East. The Islamic world should adopt an effective strategy by standing unitedly on this important issue, he added.
The Chief Minister said that immortal historic relations exist between Pakistan and Turkey; while the people of both the countries are conjoined twins and their hearts beat in unison. He said that strong relations of mutual respect exist between the people of both the countries and this bilateral friendship is getting stronger with every passing moment.
He commended the Turkish leadership for adopting a solid view point with regard to occupied Bait-ul-Muqaddas and added that Turkish leadership has profusely represented the sentiments of the Muslim-world by adopting such point of view.
The Mayor expressed his good wishes for successes of Shehbaz Sharif and assured to provide fullest cooperation for making Punjab as a developed and prosperous province.