Turkish First Lady Emine Erdogan, speaking at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts in Islamabad at a ceremony held to distribute sewing machines among the families of thalassemia patients, echoing the feelings of her husband, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said that Pakistan and Turkey have always stood side by side in difficult times.
President Arif Alvi’s wife, Samina Alvi, Managing Director of Pakistan Baitul Maal Aon Abbas Bappi and Chairperson Ehsaas Programme Dr. Sania Nishtar was also present at the occasion.
Emine said Turkey has always remained at the forefront of social welfare projects in the country. The Turkish first lady said, the future of any society is “directly linked to health and well-being” and hopes that no more children will suffer from preventable diseases that will affect them for the rest of their lives.
She also said that no society can progress without empowering its women. She ended by thanking the people and officials of Pakistan for their hospitality. Emine also distributed sewing machines after her speech.
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