Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and expressed his ‘heartfelt condolences’ over the loss of thousands of lives in last week’s devastating earthquake.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has arrived in Ankara to express Pakistan’s solidarity and Turkey’s support in the wake of the severe earthquake in Turkey. He will also visit the earthquake affected areas.
According to a statement issued by the Pakistani Prime Minister’s Office, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received Prime Minister Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif at the presidential complex in Ankara. The office also posted a video on its Twitter account in this regard, in which the two leaders can be seen entering the presidential palace and meeting.
Along with the private meeting with the Turkish President, during the discussions at the delegation level, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also expressed his condolences to the President on the tragic loss of thousands of precious lives and the huge damage to the infrastructure as a result of the devastating earthquake. He expressed his heartfelt condolences to Erdogan and the Turkish nation.
It should be noted that the terrible earthquake that hit Turkey and neighboring Syria on February 6 has caused huge loss of life and property, in which about thirty thousand people have been confirmed dead in Turkey alone. The death toll is expected to reach 50,000.
Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif recalled the fraternal relations between Turkey and Pakistan and said that the people of Pakistan also felt the pain and suffering of this earthquake like their Turkish brothers and sisters.
He further said that the people of Pakistan will not rest until the last person in the earthquake affected areas is completely rehabilitated. President Erdoğan thanked the Prime Minister for Pakistan’s strong and steadfast support to Turkey in the wake of the devastating earthquake.
After the meeting with the Turkish President, the Pakistani Prime Minister said in his tweet message that in the meeting with his brother President Erdoğan, he expressed his heartfelt condolences on behalf of the people and the government of Pakistan. “I assured them of our continued support for Turkey,” he added. I am sure that under the leadership of the president, Turkey will come out of this disaster strong.”
According to the statement, the Prime Minister will also visit some areas affected by the earthquake and will also interact with the rescue and relief teams of Pakistan present there.
Pakistan and Turkey have had deep fraternal ties and both countries have stood by each other’s side in times of trials and tribulations. Shahbaz Sharif is accompanied by Federal Information and Broadcasting Minister Maryam Aurangzeb, SAPM Tariq Fatemi and NDMA Chairman Lt. Gen. Inam Haider Malik.
Turkey and neighboring Syria were rocked by a devastating earthquake on February 6, which has so far killed more than 41,000 people and left millions in need of humanitarian aid. Many survivors have also become homeless during this harsh winter.
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