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Pakistan, Turkey relations strengthening under Imran, Erdogan: minister

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Education, Professional Training and National Heritage Shafqat Mahmood on Tuesday said that relations between Pakistan and Turkey are strengthening each day under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan and Turkish President Recip Tayyib Erdogan.

The federal minister, who is leading a five-member delegation, visited AK Party Headquarters in Ankara  and met with Mr. Cevdet Yilmaz, Chairman of AK Party Foreign Affairs.Both sides discussed promoting brotherly ties between Pakistan and Turkey.

Minister Shafqat Mahmood said Pakistan-Turkey relationship is deepening with each passing day under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“The entire world witnessed this friendship and brotherhood during United Nations General Assembly session where Turkey stood by Pakistan like a rock after India’s illegal annexation of its occupied Jammu and Kashmir,” said Mahmood.

He briefed the Turkish dignitary about reform programme of the present government and said that efforts were underway to make Pakistan’s education system responsive and relevant to market needs.

Mr. Cevdet Yilmaz showed satisfaction at the growing collaboration with Pakistan. He thanked Pakistan for its support during the failed 15 July, 2016 coup attempt and subsequent steps taken by Pakistan in support of Turkey.

He showed concern at the regional situation after India’s illegal and unilateral actions and expressed support to Pakistan on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Pakistani delegation also visited various institutions in Ankara to observe technical education and vocational training facilities in Turkey and to share experience and expertise.

 The delegation visited Directorate General of Technical Education, followed by a visit to Altindag Iskitler Technical High School and Altindag Ataturk Technical High School Ankara.

Minister Shafqat Mahmood was accompanied by Wajiha Akram, Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Federal Education, Syed Javed Hassan, Chairman, National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC), Dr. Nasir Khan, Executive Director NAVTTC and Naeem Siddiqui, Director General, NAVTTC.

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