ANKARA, 6 December 2012: A parliamentary delegation from Pakistan led by Senator Haji Muhammad Adeel, Chairman of Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Kashmir & Gilgit-Baltistan today held meeting with the Chairman of Foreign Affairs Commission of Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) Mr. Volkan Bozkir.
The Pakistani delegation included Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah, Senator Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Senator Sehar Kamran and Mr. Amjad Pervez, Secretary of the Committee.
Senator Haji Adeel said Pakistan and Turkey have unanimity of views on global issues. He said his delegation has noticed visible progress in Turkey in the sectors such as health, education, housing and social security. This clearly demonstrates the welfare-state oriented polities of the present government, he said.
Mr. Volkan said Turkey supports the rights of the oppressed people. He renewed support for recognizing the legitimate rights of the people of Kashmir and stressed on the need to respect human rights. Mr. Volkan was of the view that visits by parliamentarians to each other country have added a new dimension to diplomacy. He also proposed convening Afghanistan-Pakistan-Turkey trilateral meeting of the foreign affairs committees of the respective parliaments.
Earlier, Haji Adeel and members of his delegation visited the the Mauseleum of the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and laid floral wreath on Ataturk’s tomb.