PM visits Türkiye to express solidarity

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ANKARA: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday reached Turkey to express solidarity and support with the Turkish people following the mas-sive earthquake that claimed more than 36,000 lives and left the country reeling.
The premier, who is on a two-day trip, was welcomed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the presidency in Ankara.
At the presidential palace, the premier “expressed his condolences over the loss of life and infrastructure as a result of the historic earthquake in Tü-rkiye,” a statement by the official Twitter account of the government stated.
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb, Special Assistant to the PM Tariq Fatemi and National Disaster Manage-ment Authority Chairman Lt Gen Inam Haider accompanied the prime minister.
Turkish ambassador to Pakistan Mehmet Pacaci bid adieu to the premier as he departed from the Lahore Airport for the quake-hit country, where he was welcomed by Turkish officials at Ankara Esenboğa Airport.
Before his departure, PM Shehbaz took to Twitter to share his condolences: “I am leaving for Turkiye with a message of unwavering solidarity and support for our Turkish brothers and sisters from the people and government of Pakistan.
“True to the spirit of one nation living in two states, we consider their loss as ours,” he said.
In another tweet, the premier expressed his grief over the massive losses and noted that no matter how resourceful the country was, it could not fight such devastation without any help.
He stated: “Natural disasters as the earthquake in [Turkey and] Syria are beyond the capacity of any single government to handle. No country, how-soever resourceful, can deal with devastation of this magnitude. It is time the world came forward [and] extended support to the suffering humanity.”
During his visit to Turkey, the prime minister will reiterate Pakistan’s firm commitment to stand by the Turkish people during difficult times and to continue extending all possible support to the ongoing relief effort.

He will also visit earthquake-affected areas in southern Turkey, and interact with the Pakistani search-and-rescue teams deployed in the area, as well as survivors of the earthquake.

In the wake of the devastating earthquake in southern Turkey, the prime minister had spoken with President Erdogan on February 6 and assured him of all possible assistance for the rescue and relief effort.

All available resources have been fully mobilised to help the Turkish people, and the Turkish prime minister is personally overseeing the relief effort.

Pakistan and Turkey enjoy deep fraternal ties. The two countries have resolutely stood by each other during every trial and tribulation.

It should be noted on February 7, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb had announced that Shehbaz Shehbaz would be travelling to Turkey to condole President Erdogan on the devastating earthquake that hit the country. –Agencies