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I am following developments relating to the tragic mine explosion in western Turkey with deep anguish and concern. We mourn with you and the people of Turkey the loss of so many precious lives, as we pray for the safety and swift and successful rescue of those still trapped inside.

I assure you that the Government and people of Pakistan stand shoulder to shoulder with their Turkish brothers and sisters in this hour of grief and sorrow. I am certain that Turkey will rise to this challenge with its customary courage and deal with the consequences with its traditional resilience.

Through your good offices I would like to offer condolences and convey to the people of Turkey that the prayers of the entire Pakistani nation are with them. We are praying for the souls of the departed and that Allah Almighty may shower His blessings on them while granting their next of kin the courage and fortitude to bear this loss with equanimity. At the same, we are also praying for the safe return of those still trapped in the mine, to their loved ones.

I have no doubt that buoyed by its indomitable spirit, the brotherly nation of Turkey would emerge ever stronger from this calamity.

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.

Yours sincerely,

(Muhammad Nawaz Sharif)
Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
His Excellency
Mr. RecepTayyip Erdogan
Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey


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