ANKARA: 20 March 2015: To further deepen the fraternal bonds between the youth of Turkey and Pakistan, a 25 member delegation comprising students and young professionals from Pakistan are visiting Turkey from 17-22 March. Organized by the Public Diplomacy Division of the Turkish Prime Ministry. The visit includes interaction at various Turkish Ministries, offices, think-tanks, media, etc. Coming from different parts of Pakistan, the youth delegation members belong to diverse segments of civil society, including the academia, NGOs, and the media.
The delegation visited the Embassy of Pakistan in Ankara and had an interactive briefing session with Ambassador Sohail Mahmood and officers of the Embassy. Pakistan Ambassador also hosted a dinner in honour of the delegation and the relevant Turkish officials.
Ambassador Sohail Mahmood underlined the exceptional quality of Pakistan-Turkey relations and appraised the delegation of the recent initiatives taken by the leadership of the two countries to build a strong economic partnership with particular focus on enhanced trade and investment. Referring to recent major development in the economic relations, Ambassador said during the visit of Turkish Prime Minister to Pakistan in February, the leadership has agreed to commence negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Ambassador Sohail Mahmood also underscored the importance of deeper cultural collaboration and people-to-people exchanges. In this regard, he appreciated the efforts of the Turkish institutions that had helped organize the Pakistan youth delegation visit to Turkey.
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