ANKARA, 15 April 2015: The newly appointed Ambassador of Pakistan to Turkey, Mr. Sohail Mahmood, called on the Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA), Mr. Cemil Çiçek, in Ankara. During the meeting, views were exchanged on Pakistan-Turkey relations and close cooperation between the Parliaments of the two countries.

Ambassador Sohail Mahmood conveyed warm greetings of the Pakistani parliamentary leadership. Dwelling on the abiding ties between Turkey and Pakistan, marked by exceptional trust and understanding, the Ambassador underscored the desire on both sides to transform the cordial relationship into a robust partnership encompassing all fields. In the political arena, he highlighted the strong tradition of mutual support on each other’s national causes, including Kashmir and Cyprus. In the economic realm, Ambassador Sohail Mahmood highlighted the recent decision taken by the two Prime Ministers to commence negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) as part of efforts to forge a strong economic partnership.

Speaker Cemil Çiçek extended his best wishes to Ambassador Sohail Mahmood for a successful term in Turkey. Referring to the deep-rooted, historical and long-term relationship between Turkey and Pakistan, the TGNA Speaker said it provided a firm foundation for an all-encompassing partnership. He noted with satisfaction that the two countries were maintaining close contact and consultations at the highest level.

Both sides expressed satisfaction at the existing excellent parliamentary relations and agreed to take steps for enhanced collaboration between the parliaments of Pakistan and Turkey. 

Separately, Ambassador Sohail Mahmood met with Secretary General of TGNA Dr. Irfan Naziroglu.