Turkey praises Pakistan for cooperation against FETÖ terror

Published 20.10.2017 23:45
Updated 21.10.2017 00:02
PM Yıldırım (R) shakes hands with his Pakistani counterpart Abbasi (IHA Photo)
PM Yıldırım (R) shakes hands with his Pakistani counterpart Abbasi (IHA Photo)

Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım praised on Friday Pakistan's cooperation in the fight against Gülenist terror group (FETÖ) following last year's defeated coup.

Addressing a joint press conference with his Pakistani counterpart Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Istanbul, Yıldırım said Turkey welcomed Pakistan's "cooperation and sensitivity" on battling FETÖ, which Turkey considers a threat to Pakistan's security as well.

"With your attitude, I am sure that FETÖ's activities in our country will be ended," Yıldırım added.

FETÖ and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup attempt of July 15, 2016, which left 250 people killed and nearly 2,200 injured.

FETÖ is also behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

FETÖ also has a considerable international presence, including private educational institutions that serve as a revenue stream for the terrorist group.

Describing ties between two countries as "excellent," Yıldırım said: "We know that Prime Minister Abbasi and his delegation consider Turkey their second home -- as we see Pakistan as our second home."

Yıldırım went on to say that Turkey would continue its active contributions to establish permanent stability in Afghanistan.

"In this framework, we sincerely desire the development of cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan, which we consider our brother."

Yıldırım also said Turkey welcomed Pakistan's sacrifices to ensure stability and peace in Afghanistan.

Abbasi also reiterated his country's commitment to the fight against terror, saying: "We stand by Turkey to fight terror and end it."

"We believe that our peoples are friends, and at the same time Turkey's friend is our friend, and Turkey's enemy is also Pakistan's," he added.

Abbasi also urged Turkish businessmen to invest in Pakistan.

Earlier on Friday, speaking at the Turkish-African Education Ministers' Conference in Istanbul, Yıldırım said a total of 32 FETÖ-affiliated schools had been handed over to Turkey's Maarif Foundation in five African countries -- Somalia, Guinea, Niger, Sudan, and the Republic of the Congo.

Yıldırım also hailed the cooperation between the African countries and Turkey, saying that cooperation between them is developing in all areas, not just in politics, economics, and culture.

Turkey has established the Maarif Foundation to take over the administration of overseas schools linked to FETÖ. It also establishes schools and education centers abroad.

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