UPDATE – Turkey determined to boost ties with Pakistan

UPDATES WITH CENTURY OF OCCUPATION BOOK PRESENTED TO PAKISTANI OFFICIALS

By Burak Bir

ANKARA (AA) – Ankara is determined in its resolve to enhance existing brotherly relations with Pakistan, a top Turkish official said Friday.

"We are determined to develop our brotherly relationship with Pakistan for our mutual security as well as economic and cultural development," Communications Director Fahrettin Altun tweeted.

"Turkish-Pakistani relationship will not only benefit both nations but improve international peace and security," he said.

His remarks came after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan concluded his 2-day official visit to Pakistan.

Mentioning the mutual goal of increased economic ties and cooperation in defense and energy between the two countries, Altun noted that Turkey is ready to make positive contribution to various infrastructure and energy projects.

Referring to Pakistan's moves on easing the visa requirements for Turkish citizens and Turkey's far-reaching humanitarian and cultural activities in the country, he said: "These will allow our cultural exchanges to deepen our relationship."

– 'Century of Occupation'

During Erdogan's visit to Pakistan, a booklet on Palestine compiled by Turkey's Directorate of Communications was presented to President Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan and the delegation of the host country.

The booklet titled, Century of Occupation: Palestine in the shadow of Unilateral Plans was published in order to raise awareness against Trump's so-called Deal of the Century.

The book, available in three languages; Turkish, English and Arabic, has a timeline of the Israeli occupation along with important facts, documents and photographs.

It also features statements from international organizations and heads of states on the so-called peace plan and Turkey's approach on the issue.

"This booklet prepared by the Directorate of Communications addresses in detail Palestine’s honourable struggle, Israeli occupation processes, violations of international law, Turkey’s support for the Palestinian cause, and the occupation and annexation plan put forward by the U.S. President Trump," Altun said in the foreword.