Message addressed to H.E. Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of the Republic of Turkey from the Prime Minister of Pakistan, H.E. Mr. Imran Khan, on the occasion of Democracy and National Unity Day of Turkey, 15 July 2020

On behalf of the Government and people of Pakistan, and on my own behalf, I would like to reaffirm our solidarity with the brotherly people and Government of Turkey on the occasion of ‘Democracy and National Unity Day.’

Four years ago, on this day, the Turkish people displayed their characteristic resilience and legendary bravery to defy the forces of darkness targeting Turkey’s peace and stability as well as its democratic institutions.

The saga of human courage and determination witnessed on 15 July 2016 was indeed an inspiration for millions across the globe and will be remembered in the annals of history.

Symbolizing the same spirit that motivated our forefathers not to hesitate from making any sacrifice for their Turkish brethren a century ago, there was spontaneous outburst of support and solidarity for Turkey on 15 July 2016. The entire Pakistani nation spoke with one voice against the attempt to undermine Turkey’s peace, democracy and march towards prosperity. We join the people of Turkey in honouring the martyrs and supporting their families.

Pakistan continues to stand by Turkey and has been taking all possible steps to support Turkey’s efforts to address the threat posed by the Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organization (FETO). As has been the tradition of our two nations, we will always be shoulder-to-shoulder supporting each other.

Our prayers and best wishes are with you and the people of Turkey as they determinedly march towards peace and prosperity, and ever greater glory.