Deputy Chairman Senate Saleem Mandviwalla has said that potential exists for increasing trade and investment between Pakistan and Turkey. He expressed these views in a meeting with Ambassador of Turkey Ihsan Mustafa Yurdakul, at Parliament House on Wednesday.
He said that both sides need to devise mechanisms for boosting economic cooperation for mutual benefit of the people of Pakistan and Turkey.
He stated that it was the vision of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to boost trade and economic links with Pakistan and that the time has arrived to put this vision into reality. He said that Pakistan and Turkey have a shared vision for regional growth and prosperity. He pointed out that trade volume between the two is below the mark keeping in view the level of bilateral friendship.
Senator Saleem Mandviwalla observed that Pakistan values its friendship with Turkey and needs to expand mutual ties in all sectors to bring business community into a close contact.
“Turkey is close to our hearts” deputy chairman senate observed while emphasizing the significance of multidimensional relationship between Pakistan and Turkey.
He also conveyed a felicitation letter on behalf of former president Asif Zardari conveying well wishes to Turkish president. He said that Pakistan and Turkey share identical views on regional and international issues and there is huge scope to further expand bilateral ties between them.
Mandviwalla also emphasized the need for enhanced cooperation at parliamentary level through frequent exchanges. He also expressed his well wishes to the Turkish president. Manviwalla extended invitation to speaker of Turkish parliament to visit Pakistan soon after taking oath. He said that the countries enjoy cultural and religious similarities also besides sharing a vision for regional growth and prosperity.
The two sides, he said, can achieve a lot through frequent interactions at many levels for mutual benefit.
The Turkish envoy agreed with the views of deputy chairman senate and said that both the countries can achieve a lot through enhanced interactions and bilateral cooperation. He informed the deputy chairman senate that it was his first ambassadorial assignment to Pakistan and he would make all out efforts to contribute positively to strengthen the bond of friendship between Pakistan and Turkey.