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EFSAS comments on the burgeoning perilous Turkey - Pakistan relationship


The destabilizing impact that Turkey, under its increasingly authoritarian and unpredictable leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has had on the global order through its actions in Syria, Libya and the Mediterranean, to name only a few, has been well documented. Likewise, it is also well established that Pakistan’s promotion of terrorism in its neighbourhood and beyond and its illegal proliferation of weapons of mass destruction have inter alia contributed to the international community’s reluctance to view it as a responsible State. The lurking danger that the coming together of two such countries could potentially pose to the international order has, however, not yet begun receiving the interest that it rightfully deserves.