NEW YORK - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pledged to make arrangements for sending a fact finding mission to Indian Occupied Kashmir in the capacity of the Chair of Human Rights Commission of the OIC Contact Group.

He gave this assurance during his meeting with Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly.

Nawaz Sharif thanked the President for his support.

The Turkish President said: “We are friends forever; Turkey and Pakistan are inseparable countries”.

Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Syed Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry were also present in the meeting.

The two sides exchanged views on regional situation in South Asia as well as the Middle East, particularly in Indian Occupied Kashmir, Syria and Iraq.

It may be mentioned that meeting between two friends was the first between both the leaders since the failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, 2016.

The Prime Minister conveyed the sense of relief and strong sentiment of support on behalf of Pakistani people to President Erdogan on his successful handling of the coup.

The Prime Minister shared the latest situation in Held Kashmir, especially the uprising that has unfolded in recent months as a result of barbaric Indian acts of violence against innocent Kashmiris and gross human rights abuses at the State level.

President Erdogan said that Turkey and Pakistan have always been and will continue to remain strong and steadfast partners in bringing peace and progress in their respective regions as well as in the Muslim world.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his gratitude to the Turkish President for playing a constructive role in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). He shared details of Pakistan’s strong credentials in non-proliferation as well as nuclear safety and security which make it an ideal candidate for NSG membership.

Earlier, Nawaz Sharif met his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe and raised the plight of the innocent Kashmiri people at the hands of barbaric Indian occupation forces.

He urged Mr Abe that as a big economic power, Japan must exercise its influence and urge India for ending human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.

“The Kashmiri people must be allowed to choose their destiny in accordance with the long held commitment of the international community through UNSC resolutions”, he added.

Responding to Nawaz Sharif’s comments, the Japanese Prime Minister also expressed his deep concern over the present situation in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.

On Afghanistan, the Prime Minister briefed Shinzo Abe of Pakistan's efforts for peace and reconciliation and reiterated his country’s desire for a stable and prosperous immediate neighbour.

This was Nawaz Sharif’s second meeting with Mr Abe.

Earlier they met in September 2013 on the sidelines of the 68th UN General Assembly session.

Japanese PM extended his support to Pakistan's counter-terrorism efforts, economic reforms and Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif's endeavours for reaching out to neighbouring countries for the sake of regional peace, stability and prosperity of the people.

Shinzo Abe strongly condemned recent terrorist incidents in Quetta and other cities and extended his condolences on the loss of precious lives during the terrorist attacks. The two sides expressed concern over the recent developments in the Korean Peninsula.

Pakistan strongly condemns the recent nuclear tests conducted by North Korea and urge it to abide by its international treaty obligations, Nawaz said.

Japanese Prime Minister said that the current bilateral ties between the two countries need to be deepened.

Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan has huge potential for investment in diverse fields; Japan can bring the capacity to produce value added goods and also benefit while investing in diverse fields in Pakistan.