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Event Title: Visiting Turkish Foreign Minister Meets Chairman Senate of Pakistan Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani at Parliament House

Event Date: 2024-05-20

The Chairman Senate Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani said that both Pakistan and Turkiye share same vision for regional development, peace and prosperity. He expressed these views in a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister, Hakan Fidan at the Parliament House on Monday. The Foreign Minister called on Chairman Senate to exchange views on exploring ways and means to further boost bilateral and multilateral cooperation. During the meeting, detailed discussions focussed on strengthening of mutual ties to diversify the linkages for benefit of the two sides. International and regional issues of mutual interest also came under discussion.

Chairman Senate emphasized the deep and enduring bond between Pakistan and Turkiye, describing Turkiye as a brotherly Muslim country. He highlighted the strong ties between the peoples of both nations, underpinned by common religious and cultural values. He expressed Pakistan's appreciation for the leadership of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is highly revered in Pakistan for his active role in leading the Ummah on the international stage.

The Chairman Senate shared fond memories of his visit to Turkiye during his tenure as Prime Minister of Pakistan, highlighting the warm hospitality and strong bilateral relations between the two nations.

Chairman Senate called for an increase in the volume of bilateral trade between the two countries, inviting Turkish businessmen to take advantage of the business-friendly opportunities available in Pakistan. He also extended his gratitude to Turkiye for its steadfast support to Pakistan at international forums, particularly on the issue of Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The Chairman Senate stated that bombing innocent Palestinians in Gaza is a grave violation of human rights. He underscored urgent need for joint efforts to establish lasting peace in the Middle East and Palestine.

The Turkish Foreign Minister reiterated Turkiye's commitment to elevating bilateral relations to new heights. He expressed readiness to enhance parliamentary exchanges and strengthen people-to-people contact between the two nations.

Senator Irfan Siddiqui, Senator Sherry Rehman and Secretary Senate, Syed Hasnain Haider were also present during the meeting.