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Erdogan, the first foreign dignitary to address Parliament thrice

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Published: November 16, 2016 12:41 pm

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ISLAMABAD: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will address the joint session of Parliament tomorrow (November 17), making him the first distinguished foreign dignitary to address Parliament of Pakistan thrice.

Parliament has been summoned to meet on November 17, 2016 (Thursday) at 1330 hours in the Parliament House, Islamabad. President Erdogan will be the ninth world leader to address the Pakistani Parliament and would become the first foreign dignitary to address the joint session for three times. Earlier, he addressed the joint sessions of Parliament on May 20, 2012 and October 2009 in the capacity of Prime Minister of Turkey.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan served his country for 12 years (2003-14) as Prime Minister and was sworn in as President in August 2014, cementing his position as Turkey’s most powerful leader.

Earlier, President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping addressed the joint session of Parliament on April 21, 2015. Former Turkish President Kenan Evren addressed the joint session on December 9, 2010 while former Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao addressed the joint session on December 19, 2010.

In 1997, British Queen Elizabeth II addressed a joint session of Parliament on Pakistan’s 50th Independence Anniversary. In September 1992, the then Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani visited Pakistan and addressed the joint session.

Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Sirimavo Bandaranaike visited Pakistan from September 4 to September 9, 1974 during the tenure of late Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and addressed the joint session of Parliament.

 

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