Turkey’s state-run Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) hosted a “solidarity” iftar in Karachi bringing together government officials, politicians, diplomats and social workers.
The event, held at the Turkish Consulate, was also attended by Sindh governor Kamran Tessori; provincial minister Saeed Ghani; TIKA’s Karachi representative Khalil Ibrahim Basaran; diplomats from Germany, Japan, France, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, Qatar, Oman, UAE, Vietnam; and a large number of Turkish and Pakistan nationals; apart from the Turkish Consul General Cemal Sangu.
The highlight of the evening was the participation of dozens of children registered under “Agosh” or embrace, an orphanage of a local charity Al-Khidmat Foundation. The children were given the status of special guests.
“Pakistan and Turkey are time-tested friends, who have always stood beside each other in every trying hour,” said Governor Tessori in his remarks.
“This bond will be further strengthened in days and years to come,” he added.
The Turkish consul general, for his part, thanked the government and the people of Pakistan for extending their “great” support after the February 6 twin earthquakes that jolted southern Turkey and parts of neighbouring Syria.
He gave away letters of appreciation to the four volunteers of the Al-Khidmat Foundation who took part in relief and rescue activities in the quake-stricken areas.
Source : Pakistan Today