An alliance forged in steel

    In the coming years, Turkey and Pakistan are more likely to experience greater cooperation in all areas as they enhance their positions in an ever-changing world.

    Paving the ground for the upcoming meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in early January 2019, the Pakistani Supreme Court declared FETO a terrorist organization on December 28, 2018, and banned its affiliated schools in the country. The Turkish government welcomed this move and called it a “precedent for all countries to follow”.

    Prime Minister Khan’s visit to Turkey on the invitation of President Erdogan is indeed an opportunity for both Turkey and Pakistan to expand their relationship and take it to new levels.

    Support between Turkey and Pakistan has been consistent and mutual. Such support is deeply rooted in history when the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent expressed their support to the Ottoman Empire. Fast forward a century later, Turkey and Pakistan have preserved a warm relationship, supporting each other’s positions on many key issues, including, but not limited to, Northern Cyprus, Kashmir, and most recently, Pakistan’s debacle with Financial Action Task Force (FATF), when Turkey was the only country standing by Pakistan.

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