KARACHI - Turkish Consul General in Karachi Murat M Onart has said there is great scope for expanding Pakistan-Turkish bilateral trade.

This was stated by the Turkish envoy, at a farewell reception here, says a statement on Sunday. Onart returns to Turkey in December after serving for six years in Karachi. He said Turkey's main focus in Pakistan is infrastructure projects besides energy and finance sectors. The Turkish envoy said, "Pakistan is just like my home and I lived in the cosmopolitan city of Karachi and made thousands of friends who showered love and affection and opened their hearts and homes to me."

"Turkey and Pakistan are two brothers who are always there for each other," he further remarked. The reception was hosted in his honour by Azeem Quraishi on behalf of Avari Hotels chain board of management. The Turkish diplomat further said he would always cherish the fond memories as he had enjoyed every moment of his assignment.

He said 100 Turkish firms were operating in Pakistan while 158 Pakistanis companies were operating in Turkey. He asked Pakistan travel sector to explore the tourism potential as Pakistanis would find themselves warmly welcomed in Turkey.

Earlier, Avari Hotels General Manager Azeem Quaraishi said Onart is a great friend of Pakistan who has strived day and night to present a positive image of Pakistan since his arrival in 2011.