Dr. Ahmet Demircan, Minister of Health of the Republic of Turkey received Khawaja Imran Nazir, Minister of National Health Services of Punjab Province of Pakistan, and accompanying delegation.
Following the meeting, the two Ministers held a press meeting. The Turkish Minister expressed his pleasure for hosting Mr. Nazir in Turkey and said “Pakistan and Turkey are friendly countries. Our relations date back to the establishment of Pakistan and improved day by day. Pakistan has always supported Turkey and Turkey has supported and always will support Pakistan.”
Dr. Ahmet Demircan stated that they were working in mutual cooperation in the field of health and agreed to develop that cooperation even more. Dr. Demircan noted that they decided upon the cooperation areas in the field of health and said “We found out that there are extensive cooperation areas in the field of health from medicine production to device manufacture, from hospital systems to health systems.”
Khawaja Imran Nazir, Minister of National Health Services of Punjab Province of Pakistan, thanked to the Turkish Minister for his hospitality. The guest Minister emphasized his belief that love and respect of Turkish and Pakistani people dated back to old times and would continue forever and said that Turkey-Pakistan cooperation in the field of health would develop even more with the support of Dr. Ahmet Demircan.
Mr. Khawaja Imran Nazir said that they wished to sign a cooperation and friendship agreement with Turkey and elaborate and implement this agreement in the shortest possible time. Stating that he wanted to give a message to the Turkish nation on behalf of the Pakistani people and government, Mr. Nazir said that “Enemy of Turkey is enemy of Pakistan. And friend of Turkey is friend of Pakistan.”
Answering the questions regarding the developments emerging following the statement of Turkish Medical Association Central Council, Dr. Demircan stated that they had already made a statement in this regard and said “Declaration made by the Turkish Medical Association during Afrin operation tore all physicians’ and whole health community’s hearts out. While all these communities should be on the state’s and Turkey’s side during this operation in which Turkey exercises its right to defense against the plague of terrorism, we are heartbroken by the fact that the Turkish Medical Association made a declaration in such a way as to imply.” Stating that they were of the opinion that the Turkish Medical Association did not represent the health community, Dr. Demircan added “Their attitude revealed that they did not represent the health community. Such a declaration made at such a time, of course, brings along legal responsibilities. Turkey is a state of law. The law took action following this declaration. We began a legal action against them. The law will do the needful.”