PM Shehbaz meets President Erdogan, offers 'heartfelt condolences' to quake-hit Turkiye

PM Shehbaz meets President Erdogan, offers 'heartfelt condolences' to quake-hit Turkiye

Ankara (Web Desk): Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif met with President of Turkiye Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Thursday.

The prime minister conveyed heartfelt condolences on behalf of the entire Pakistani nation over the loss of precious lives and the widespread damage caused by the earthquake, theRadio Pakistan reported.

During their tete-a-tete as well as during the delegation level talks, PM Shehbaz extended heartfelt condolences to President Erdogan and the Turkish nation on the tragic loss of thousands of precious lives and massive damage to the infrastructure as a result of devastating earthquakes.

Recalling the fraternal relations between Pakistan and Türkiye, the prime minister said that the people of Pakistan felt the same pain and anguish as their Turkish brothers and sisters.

"Pakistan will not rest until the last person in the earthquake affected areas has been fully rehabilitated," PM Shehbaz said.

President Erdogan thanked PM Shehbaz for Pakistan's strong and steadfast support to Türkiye in the wake of the devastating earthquake. He reaffirmed that the resolute Turkish nation will emerge from this natural calamity with greater strength and determination than ever.

PM Shehbaz is visiting Türkiye as a special gesture to express Pakistan's solidarity and support to Türkiye in the wake of the massive earthquakes in Türkiye.

He will also visit earthquake affected areas and interact with Pakistani rescue and recovery teams on the ground.

The prime minister was accompanied by Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, Special Assistant to PM Tariq Fatemi and Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Lt. Gen. Inam Haider Malik.

Prior to his departure, PM Shehbaz tweeted that he is leaving for Turkiye with a message of unwavering solidarity and support for Turkish brothers and sisters from the people and government of Pakistan.

He said true to the spirit of one nation living in two states, we consider their loss as ours.

The prime minister said natural disaster as earthquake in Turkiye and Syria are beyond the capacity of any single government to handle.

"It is time the world should come forward and extend support to the suffering humanity," he added.