Erdogan congratulates Pakistan's prime minister-elect

By Kubra Chohan

ANKARA (AA) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday congratulated Pakistan’s Prime Minister-elect Imran Khan over the phone, sources said.

Khan thanked Erdogan, calling his leadership an example for the Islamic world, according to Turkish presidential sources.

Confirming the reports, Pakistan Embassy in Ankara tweeted: “Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan telephoned Chairman [of] Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan, congratulated him on winning the general elections, both leaders agreed to further promote existing brotherly ties.”

State media in Pakistan reported Erdogan extended good wishes to the future government.

Pakistan and Turkey enjoy exceptional relations and the new government would further strengthen these ties, Khan reportedly said.

Pakistan held general elections on July 25, where PTI emerged as the single-majority party.

*Islamuddin Sajid contributed to this report from Islamabad.