Turkish premier to visit flood-hit Pakistan soon

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 21 (APP): Turkish Prime Minister Racep Tayyip Erdogan will undertake a visit to Pakistan soon “as an expression of solidarity” with the flood-affected people, Foreign Minister Ahmet  Davutoglu told his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi Monday. Davutoglu said that the people of Turkey, like always, stand solidly behind their Pakistan brothers and sisters at this difficult moment. The two foreign ministers met on the sidelines of the the summit meeting reviewing the progress on the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The Turkish minister assured his government’s continued support with Pakistan during reconstruction phase as well. Turkey would actively participate in the Friends of Democratic Pakistan (FoDP) meeting in Brussels next month, he said.  Davutoglu also offered assistance in capacity building particularly in the field of agriculture, technical education and vocational training.
FM Qureshi thanked his counterpart for substantive relief assistance provided by the people and Government of Turkey to flood affected people in Pakistan. He particularly commended private donations from Turkey that reflected strong fraternal and spiritual bonds between the people of the two countries – APP