Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar says the strength of Pakistan-Türkiye relationship is anchored in affection and solidarity among the peoples of the two countries.
She was speaking at a Cultural Night organized at Jinnah Convention Center in Islamabad to commemorate the 75th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Türkiye.
The Minister said Pakistan and Türkiye have been brothers, friends and partners. The inseparable bonds of common faith, history, and culture have been reinforced by mutual trust and cooperation on critical issues.
She added that the ties between the two countries have transformed into a strategic partnership, characterized by multiple high-level exchanges, including the visits of Prime Minister of Pakistan to Türkiye in June and November 2022, the Joint Inauguration of MILGEM Corvettes PNS KHAIBER, and signing of the Trade in Goods Agreement in August 2022, that aims at achieving bilateral trade target of US $ 5 billion in the medium term.
The Cultural Night was jointly organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad and Embassy of Türkiye in Islamabad that brought to the fore the rich cultures of the two countries.
The ‘Sama’ performance of whirling Dervishes from Konya, Türkiye and instrumental Tabla performance from Pakistani artists, along with traditional delicacies from both the countries, kept the large audience entertained throughout the evening.
Earlier in the morning, the two countries held simultaneous Tree Plantation Ceremonies at their respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs, to mark the 75th Anniversary of establishment of diplomatic ties.
The tree was planted jointly by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar and Ambassador of Turkiye to Pakistan Dr. Mehmet Paçaci in Islamabad; while Turkish Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Faruk Kaymakci, and Pakistan's Ambassador to Turkiye, Dr. Yousaf Junaid planted the tree in Ankara.
Source: Radio Pakistan