Reply to the speech made by the first Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan at the time of presenting Credentials to the Quaid-i-Azam on 4th March 1948.
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you today as the first Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan. But my pleasure is enhanced as there is a unique significance about today’s ceremony to the people of Pakistan for historical reasons. Your Excellency has yourself observed that many spiritual and sentimental ties born and grown in the course of a long history, bind the people of Turkey to the people Pakistan. Not only this but also by a turn of the world situation during the past 50 years or more, Turkey has been in our thoughts constantly and has drawn our admiration for the valor of your people and the way in which your statesmen and leaders have struggled and fought almost single handed in the midst of Europe for your freedom and sovereignty which have been happily maintained.
The exploits of your leaders in many a historic field of battle; the progress of your Revolution; the rise and careen of the great Ataturk, his revitalization of your nation by his great statesmanship, his revitalization of your nation by his great statesmanship, courage and foresight—all these stirring events are well-known to the people of Pakistan. In fact, right from the very birth of political consciousness amongst the Muslims of this great sub-continent, the fortunes of your country were observed by us with deep sympathy and interest. I can, therefore, assure your Excellency that the Muslims of Pakistan entertain sentiments of affections and esteem for your country, and now Turkey and Pakistan both as free, sovereign and independent countries, can strengthen their ties more and more for the good of both.
We hope that with Your Excellency’s assistance and cooperation we may be able to build up closer political and cultural ties with your State, and thus contribute our share to the attainment of peace and prosperity throughout the world.
Finally, I extend a most cordial welcome to Your Excellency as the first Ambassador of Turkey to Pakistan—a welcome charged with the deepest affection born of historical and cultural ties and traditions of the past.
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