ISLAMABAD: Senate Chairman Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani has invited the Turkish businessmen to invest in Gwadar free economic zone and benefit from the economic potential of the development activities in the country.
He expressed these views while talking to a delegation of Turkish businessmen including parliamentarians. Pakistan Turkey Friendship Group Chairman in Senate Senator Talha Mehmood and Senate Secretary Amjed Pervez Malik were also present in the meeting.
Sadiq Sanjrani said that Pakistan and Turkey have time-tested relations and are connected through religious, cultural and historic bonds. He said that Pakistan cannot forget the support provided by the Turkish brethren during the 2005 earthquake.
Sanjrani said that the cooperation of Turkey in social and economic development of Pakistan is also unprecedented, adding that Pakistan is well aware of the refugee problems being faced by Turkey at the movement due to unrest in Syria, as “we have experienced the same issue since many decades”.
He said that Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) meeting is scheduled to be held during the last week of October in Gwadar. “Turkey is current President of APA and we would appreciate the participation of delegates from Turkey including the parliamentarians and businessmen,” he added.
The Senate chairman said that both the countries have supported each other on international fora and we are hopeful that parliamentary relations would further enhance the people-to-people contacts.
Speaking on the occasion, Senator Talha Mehmood said that he recently visited Syrian refugee camp on the boarder of Turkey on the eve of Eid and sloughed more than 700 hundred animal including sheep for the refugees.
The head of the delegation apprised the Senate chairman about the problems being faced due to Syrian refugees’ issue. He said that Turkey and Pakistan are not geographically connected but their hearts are very close to each other that is why historically they are called two countries and one nation.