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Pak-Turk relations deeply entwined: Erdogan.

ISLAMABAD -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Pak-Turk relations were deeply entwined, historically, culturally, just like fingers on human hand.

Addressing a special event of Quaid-e-Azam University's convocation held at Aiwan-e-Sadr, where he was awarded an honorary PhD degree for international relations by acting President Nayyar Hussain Bukhari, he said that brotherhood and friendship between two countries was a shining global example.

He cited joint and similar challenges and crisis faced by both countries, stressing that maintaining national stability was also a paramount issue being faced by both countries, who also needed a decisive struggle to resolve their issues, challenges.

He strongly stressed on eschewing emotions and feelings while formulating, implementing foreign policy matters, while also accepting the important and unavoidable irony of their (feelings and emotions) omnipresence in the annals of foreign policy.

" The foreign policies of both Pakistan and Turkey should be exemplary for the entire world, as the history of both nations was history of legal culture itself", he resolved.

He stressed on " implementing the law itself in order to overcome any deficiencies and weaknesses; negating the illogical and unjust impression that might is always right".

"We cannot close our eyes away (ignore), the brutal and repressive genocides in Baghdad and Kabul, and Somalian famine, nor can we turn a blind eye to atrocities committed ", he declared.

The Turkish Prime Minister also paid glowing tributes, gratitude to Pakistan's support during Turkeys war for independence , whence many South Asian youth volunteered for Turkey's armed struggle , while females also lavished their ornaments, jewellery to finance it.

He also cited Allama Iqbal's poetic references to Turkish Independence war as a source of great pride for Turks.

Erdogan also expressed it as a great honour to be awarded an honorary degree by a university named after the founder of Pakistan, and while thanking the University administration for their honour, he expressed his deep hopes that graduates of both countries would prove to be leaders of tomorrow for their respective countries.

The event was also attended by PM, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, federal ministers, diplomats and other high-ranking officials.
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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
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Date:May 23, 2012
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