ANKARA, 9 September 2015: Mayor of Keçiören Municipility of Ankara, Mr. Mustafa Ak, visited the Embassy of Pakistan and met with Ambassador Sohail Mahmood.

Warmly welcoming Mayor Ak on his visit to the Embassy, Ambassador Sohail Mahmood underlined the pivotal role of municipilities in effective delivery of basic services to the people as part of the development process. He appreciated the pro-active role of Mayor Ak in this context and also congratulated him on the successful organization of International Ramazan Festival where the Embassy of Pakistan also setup ‘Pakistan Pavilion’ while a Pakistan Night comprising cultural performances of Pakistan was also arranged.

Ambassador Sohail Mahmood also thanked the Keçiören Mayor for planting trees in memory of the school-children and staff martyred in a terrorist attack on Peshawar’s Army Public School in December 2014. He reitereated his sense of gratitude over this kind gesture of the Turkish people.

Mayor Mustafa Ak underlined that strong bonds of friendship and brotherhood connect Pakistan and Turkey.  He added that terrorism was the biggest challenge for the entire world and said that we will continue making efforts to eradicate this menace.

Ambassador Sohail Mahmood wished continued success in Turkey’s economic transformation and expressed the confidence that the journey of stability and development would continue in the post-election period.