Religious minister meets his Turkish counterpart

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ISLAMABAD, Nov 27 (APP): Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousaf met President of Religious Affairs of Turkey (Diyanet) Prof Dr. Mehmet Gormez and exchanged views on ways to further deepen bilateral cooperation, particularly between their respective institutions.
Sardar Muhammad Yousaf highlighted the deep rooted, multifaceted fraternal ties between Pakistan and Turkey, anchored firmly in common faith and shared history, said a message received here Sunday.
He apprised the Turkish dignitary of the measures taken by Pakistan in the domain of religious affairs—such as establishment of Ulema and Mashaikh Council for promoting religious and interfaith harmony, reform of religious education, and enhanced arrangements for Hajj and Umra.
Ambassador of Pakistan in Turkey Sohail Mahmood also attended the meeting held at the Diyanet office in Ankara.
The minister also informed his Turkish counterpart about the International Seerat Conference being organized on Eid Milad un Nabi in Lahore and personally delivered an invitation to him to participate.
Welcoming Minister Sardar Yousaf, Dr Mehmet Gormez underscored the abiding ties of brotherhood between Turkey and Pakistan, and the tradition of mutual support.
He said it would be a privilege for him to attend the conference and interact with Pakistani and international scholars.
Gormez also highlighted the myriad functions of Diyanet and provided details of the extensive work being done by it inside Turkey and abroad.
The two sides emphasized the importance of regular exchanges of religious scholars, officials and students between Pakistan and Turkey.
They agreed that such exchanges would benefit both sides in learning from each other’s experiences and best practices.