ISLAMABAD, Dec 10 (APP): President Mamnoon Hussain Saturday said Pakistan and Turkey enjoyed friendly and brotherly relations and hoped that this bilateral cooperation would be beneficial for Muslim Ummah and humanity.
The president was talking to Dr. Mehmet Gormez, President, Religious Affairs of Turkey, who along with a delegation called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.
On the occasion, Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousuf and Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan Sadik Babur Girgin were also present.
The president said the regular exchange of delegations between the two countries would further cement bilateral relations.
He appreciated the idea of establishment of Imam-Hatip school system in Pakistan and called for establishing linkages between educational and academic institutions of the two countries.
President Mamnoon Hussain underscored the need to further broaden collaboration in the field of education between Pakistan and Turkey, adding the exchange of students’ delegations between the two countries could play an important role in this regard.
He informed the visiting delegation that measures were underway to integrate religious education with modern and contemporary education in Pakistan.
Dr. Mehmet Gormez said Pakistan and Turkey enjoyed strong bonds of friendship.
He said there was no difference in the message of Pakistan’s national poet Allama Iqbal and Turkey’s national poet Mehmet Akif and both drew inspiration from Maulana Rumi.
He thanked the president for taking keen interest in furthering bilateral relations between Pakistan and Turkey.