Islamabad: The English Speaking Union of Pakistan (ESUP) held its first hybrid event on Thursday, in which some guests were invited to a hotel here while others, including the guest speaker, joined in via Zoom, following Covid-19 SOPs.
The ambassador of the Republic of Turkey, Ihsan Mustafa Yurdakul, spoke at this virtual/physical event from Islamabad, sharing his thoughts on Turkey’s foreign policy and bilateral ties with Pakistan.
He admitted that the year 2020 would be tough, but that the political, fiscal, and regional power and stability of his country and its citizens would help them overcome the challenges. He clarified that while Turkey cannot be separated from what is going on in the world, it has lent a helping hand to other countries in the form of humanitarian assistance.
He also said that global institutions must be strengthened to fight bigotry, terrorism, and xenophobia, among other issues. “Turkey is a haven for Syrian refugees, but the international community must do more,” he added.
Replying to another question regarding the freight train service between Turkey and Pakistan, he said that it was said to start this month only and there was probably going to be a trial run very soon.
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