ANKARA: Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday held a meeting with President Tayyip Erdogan to discuss the crisis in the Middle East.
FM Qureshi is in Turkey on special instructions of Prime Minister Imran Khan to highlight the Gaza crisis. From Ankara, he will leave for New York along with foreign ministers of Sudan, Palestine and Turkey to participate in a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on the Palestine crisis.
The top Pakistani diplomat is scheduled to address an emergency session of the UNGA to reaffirm Pakistan’s support for the cause of oppressed Palestinians.
During the meeting with Erdogan at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, FM Qureshi discussed issues related to bilateral relations and the situation in Palestine.
The foreign minister praised Erdogan’s clear and unequivocal position on Kashmir and Palestine and thanked him for Turkey’s unwavering support on the Kashmir issue.
“Turkey appreciates Pakistan’s position and efforts in favour of oppressed Palestinians,” President Erdogan said.
International community urged to fulfil its responsibility
Earlier, FM Qureshi and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu reaffirmed that the international community had a collective responsibility in ensuring necessary steps to help address the dire situation in Palestine, restore peace, and facilitate a just solution.
During a meeting in Ankara, the two foreign ministers discussed ways to mobilize the international community to help stop Israeli aggression against the Palestinians, the Foreign Office spokesperson in a news release said.