INTERVIEW of H.E MURAT M. ONART
CONSUL GENERAL REPUBLIC OF TURKEY KARACHI, PAKISTAN ON 18TH FEB. 2013
Editor : Thanks to your consent to share with us your ideas and perception on numerous points on Pakistan-Turkey bilateral relations. To begin with let our readers find out about your earlier postings and transient profile?
H.E Consul General: Thanks for coming right here and It’s my pleasure supplying you with an interview. To start off, I was born in 1968 in Ankara, Turkey and belong to the family of a Diplomat as My father was also a Diplomat working in Turkish foreign services. Secondly, I’ve taken my initial schooling largely in French faculties at completely different locations with Turkey. Furthermore, I Graduated in Economics from Ankara College. After I joined Foreign Service in 1991, I used to be posted to Libya in 1994-1997, then was deputed to the Faculty of Europe in Bruges in 1997-1998 and our Embassy in Belgium in 1998-1998. After that, I went to Algeria in 2001-2006. In between, I served in Ankara in numerous Departments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Lastly, I used to be posted to Karachi, Pakistan within the 12 months 2011.
Editor: How would you outline relationship between Pakistan and Turkey?
H.E Consul General: Properly, I wish to outline Pakistan and Turkey relationship into three areas like Political, Economical and Cultural. I can say that the connection between two nations is greater than good, you possibly can say it’s dream relationship between two Countries. Nonetheless, the individuals of each nations are naturally emotional and normally the worldwide relations are primarily based on logic. Through the first world struggle the Ottoman Empire was going by way of very robust time as we had been occupied by Britain, France, Italy and Greece. At the moment, Muslims within the Subcontinent who did not need to see the final impartial Muslim nation fall, based the Khilafat Motion and supplied funds to our resistance motion. Even, girls offered their jewellery to be ship to Turkey. The most important non-public financial institution of as we speak’s Turkey, “İş Bankası” was established with the stay of these funds. Once we turned Republic Pakistan and turkey have good relationship with one another and likewise I can say that we at all times welcome Pakistani individuals with open arms and at all times give them respect, whether or not they’re coming for tourism or enterprise functions. As per worldwide relations with Pakistan , when Pakistan turned impartial we had been the one among First International locations to acknowledge it. In view of present state of affairs Prime of Pakistan can also be visiting our nation and our additionally. Due to this fact, we each have robust political relationship. As part of cultural relationship a few of non-public partnership of Turkish Media and Pakistan Media as an example Turkish T.V Productions by which individuals of Pakistan can find out about our tradition as part of our cultural relationship. It’s privately initiative from non-public sector of each international locations. Moreover, 2014 is Cultural 12 months for each of nations, as we’ve got lot of cultural occasions this 12 months in Pakistan in addition to Pakistan’s Cultural 12 months in Turkey.
Editor:What are main areas the place each international locations cooperate ?
H.E Consul General: As a part of Worldwide relations we’re cooperating very properly. We’re giving full assist to Pakistan on Kashmir problem and Pakistan is giving us full assist on Cyprus problem. Secondly, we’re prepared to cooperate if there may be another assist wanted. As we’ve got discovered that Pakistan has robust worldwide boards in The United Nations (U.N). Furthermore, A Turkish firm is constructing a logistics ship in Karachi shipyard. Nonetheless, The design was Turkish however all of the work has been executed by Pakistani Engineers right here in Karachi ship yard beneath Turkish Supervision. That is the wonderful manner and an instance of collaboration of each international locations.
Editor: I would love you to replicate on Turkey-Pakistan Growth partnership?
H.E Consul General: I need to see Pakistan extra economical rich nation and need to see extra funding coming right here from Turkish buyers. I additionally wish to see increasingly Turkish merchandise to be imported right here in Pakistan as Turkey is wealthy in manufacturing of Equipment, home equipment and vehicles. I hope that in subsequent coming years financial system of Pakistan will develop.
Editor: Would you wish to replicate on a few of your up coming growth initiatives of Turkey in partnership with Pakistan.
H.E Consul General: Properly, there are numerous Turkish corporations who’re exploring Pakistan for growth initiatives and one of many corporations named Zorlu accomplished their wind power challenge in Jhimper, Sindh. One other space is Coal exploration in Sindh as many different Turkish Firms are curious about Thar Coal Undertaking. As per our invitation increasingly buyers are coming to Pakistan to put money into these initiatives to strengthen financial system of Pakistan. As of late one of many greatest airport administration firm of Turkey arrived to probe airport initiatives in Pakistan, they already contributed greater than 10 Airports worldwide.
Editor: How your authorities is facilitating to the international buyers?
H.E Consul General: Properly, we’ve got big reforms in our programs and we’re having many international investments, as we’re on prime of facilitation, there are numerous possibilities for international buyers to realize their aims. We offer nice help to buyers so it is vitally straightforward to enter the Turkish market.
Editor: Yearly what number of Pakistanis are travelling to Turkey for enterprise and tourism goal?
H.E Consul General: It is vitally troublesome to asses as most Pakistanis touring overseas are twin nationals. On the opposite fingers, you possibly can say that roughly 2000 visas a month from Islamabad and Karachi. To get an thought, There are 10 million customer to Istanbul final 12 months was Pakistani origin.
Editor: Schooling is a crucial pillar for increase a nation. How a lot are there possibilities for Pakistani college students to take up their research in Turkey?
H.E Consul General: I’m a big supporter of schooling, specifically college schooling in Turkey. After getting schooling in Turkey they turned Ambassador of Turkey in Pakistan. Additionally there are numerous corporations who’re organizing Schooling Festivals in Pakistan, additionally a few of universities offering internships for graduates. I’ve discovered that Pakistani college students are exhausting working and there are numerous possibilities for college students to achieve extremely acknowledged levels there.
Editor: Turkey A Candidate for Upcoming UN Safety Council Non-permanent seat of Western EU.of 2015-16. What are the targets and goal of Turkey to contribute in World Peace Course of?
H.E Consul General: On the time when United Nations shaped , Turkey was the founding member. In 2002, it was member of Safety Council. Our Authorities is prepared to play our half in United Nations to contribute to World Peace Course of and need to be heard in United Nations. Within the 12 months 2009-2011 Turkey additionally participated in Elections of U.N for Non-Everlasting seat. We’re collaborating once more for this non-permanent seat of Western E.U of 2015-16. The Turkish function in Worldwide world in growing. We additionally play our half in Worldwide world peace course of. Hopefully we are going to play our function extra effectively after getting Non-permanent seat of the United Nations of Western E.U of 2015-16.
Editor: What’s your message to Individuals of Pakistan?
H.E Consul General: Properly, once I got here right here in Pakistan, I discovered that Pakistan may be very wealthy as per the individuals of Pakistan are very exhausting working they usually additionally come up with nice concepts and expertise. I noticed that they will contribute to their nation in superb manners. My message to Individuals of Pakistan is to get together with one another that will make their nation extra highly effective.
Editor: Thanks H.E Consul Common Sir, to your time. It was good speaking to you.
H.E Consul General: Thank you for your visit. Its a great pleasure meeting with you.