Istanbul, April 26, 2015 (PPI-OT): President Mamnoon Hussain has said that Pakistan would continue making efforts for the unity of Muslim Ummah. The President said this in an exclusive interview with Turkish Radio and Television (TRT) here in Istanbul, Turkey.
Expressing his views about Yemen crisis, the President said Pakistan and Turkey stand by Saudi Arabia and both countries are engaged in promoting peaceful political resolution of the crisis. The President stated that OIC should also play its role in resolving the conflict.
The President stated that Pakistan and Turkey are brotherly countries and relations between the two are exemplary. The President said he has come to Turkey to participate in the centenary commemoration of Canakkale victory.
The President noted that Muslims of the subcontinent had rendered every possible support to Turkey in Canakkale battles and in this context Muslim women had even donated their jewellery to mobilise funds for the cause. The President said that Muslims of South Asia had also fought the war on Turkish side and many embraced martyrdom adding that at that time Maulana Shoukat Ali and Maulana Muhammad Ali Johar had also launched Khilafat Movement in support of Turkey.
Answering a question regarding volume of trade between Pakistan and Turkey, the President observed that though two countries enjoyed excellent political relations yet bilateral economic ties were not at par. The President noted that both countries were taking measures to expand their economic partnership and increase the volume of bilateral trade.
In his message to Turkish and Pakistani people, the President emphasized that Pakistan and Turkey should join hands to continue promoting mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields. The President said that Pakistan and Turkey being two key members of the Islamic world should also collectively counter negative propaganda against Islam.
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