Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has arrived in Pakistan as a part of a 15-member high-level delegation of Turkiye that also includes the environment minister. The visit is aimed at facilitating relief aid for the flood victims.
Federal Ministers Ahsan Iqbal, Rana Sanaullah and Sherry Rehman welcomed the high-level delegation at the Islamabad airport.
The delegation then met Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif during which the premier thanked the Turkish government for extending help to Pakistan in the face of adversity while noting that the recent floods have claimed over 1,000 lives including 300 minors.
PM Shehbaz told the Turkish delegation that millions of houses, crops, and livestock were swept away in the recent super floods.
He said that all provinces, and parts of Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir were battered by the torrential rains resulting in widespread damage.
“Flood relief goods sent out by Turkiye in such critical circumstances is a testament of the strong brotherly ties between the two countries,” the premier noted.
Earlier, during an interaction with federal ministers, Soylu said that at least 11 aircraft with flood relief goods have arrived in Pakistan so far whereas two trains carrying more flood relief items are on their way and will reach the country in six days.