PR No. 130
Islamabad: February 14, 2020

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, in a meeting with H.E. Dr. Serdar Cam, Deputy Tourism Minister of Turkey said that Pak-Turkey relations are deeply entrenched in common Islamic heritage and values. She said this relationship is not confined between the two states but reflective of an unfathomable bond between the people of two countries. “We are proud the way Turkey has advocated the Kashmir cause as innocent Kashmiris deserve attention of the International community particularly, the Muslim Ummah”, She said. SAPM said that signing of two protocols on cooperation between PTV and PBC with their Turkish counterpart, TRT, will further reinforce ties between the two countries in the fields of media, information and culture. The cooperation will enable both sides to exchange TV/ Radio programmes and help reinforce narratives to promote the cause of Muslim Ummah. Dr.Firdous Ashiq Awan also stressed the need to fortify cooperation in the area of film and cinema. She said that hosting the 6th High Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC) Session will prove to be another milestone in out bilateral relations which span over seven decades. “I am also pleased to see a memorandum on tourism cooperation being inked today as this subject is close to the heart of Prime Minister of Pakistan”, She said. Referring to the address of President of Turkey H.E. Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, she said it was encouraging to note that he highlighted the importance to boost ties in the area of investment and economy. She said that media can be an affective tool to promote cooperation in all sectors. Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan said that development of Pakistan tourism sector is our key priority and formal collaboration in this sector would afford us an opportunity to learn from Turkish experiences and best practices. Dr. Serdar Cam said that all the Turkish delegates are happy to be here in our second home, Pakistan. He said that all departments and organizations are ready to extend cooperation to their Pakistani counterparts in the field of tourism. There is lot of scope for promotion of tourism in Pakistan, he said. “I wish and desire more and more Turkish people visit Pakistan as tourists”, Deputy Minister for Tourism, said. He said Pakistan and Turkey enjoy a unique history of solidarity and cooperation in areas mutually beneficial for the people of both countries. Dr. Serdar Cam also extended an invitation to the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on I&B to visit Turkey. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Akbar Durrani (TI), Secretary I&B, Mr. Amir Manzoor, Managing Director, PTVC, Ms. Samina Waqar, Director General, PBC and Mr. Saeed Javed, DG External Publicity Wing, M/o Information and Broadcasting.
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