Erdogan to address joint session of parliament on 17th


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Pakistan next week to address a joint session of parliament on Nov 17.

The Turkish president will arrive on a two-day state visit and will have one-to-one meetings with President Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

President Mamnoon Hussain has summo¬ned the joint sitting on Nov 17 and a session of the National Assembly on the next day.

An official of the Presidency told media that the president had signed a summary regarding the summoning of the joint sitting of the two houses.

National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq will preside over the session and deliver the opening speech.  The Turkish president will deliver his speech to be followed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

After the address of the Turkish leader, President Hussain will also deliver a speech.

Later, the prime minister and Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Syed Kurshid Shah will extend a vote of thanks to the guest.

The president will host a lunch in the honour of his Turkish counterpart.

Several cooperation agreements and memorandums of understanding are expected to be signed during the Turkish president’s visit.

The Turkish prime minister had already addressed the joint session of the parliament in 2012.

Other countries’ leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Turkish President Kenan Evran, Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and other have also addressed the Pakistani parliament.

-PTI not to attend the session-

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan chaired a meeting on Saturday (today).

The meeting discussed the November 17 joint session of Parliament.

The meeting was attended by PTI’s top leadership.

According to reports, PTI leaders advised Imran Khan to attend the joint session, however, PTI maintained its National Assembly boycott.