A large number of people in Turkey tasted the freshly arrived varieties of Pakistani mango at the Pakistan House in Ankara.

Guests including key political figures, representatives of the food and beverage industry, food importers, diplomats and media representatives also enjoyed selected Pakistani music and cuisine, said a message received here Saturday from Ankara.

Embassy of Pakistan in Ankara in collaboration with the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) and Swissotel Ankara has organized the event.

Pakistan exports mangoes to over 40 countries including the United States, Canada, many EU member countries, Middle East, and Far East while new markets for Pakistani mangoes are Japan, Korea, and Australia.

Briefing the guests about the ‘King of Fruits’ ambassador Sohail Mahmood said that they were endeavouring to popularize the mangoes even more and facilitate easier marketing in Turkey.

There are over 110 varieties of high quality mangoes in Pakistan and the country is the 5th largest producer and 6th largest exporter in the world, he informed.

Chairman of Pakistan-Turkey Cultural Association and member of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Burhan Kayaturk, who was the chief guest on the occasion, referred to the special flavour of Pakistani mangoes, terming it the best one in the world.

He encouraged Turkish entrepreneurs to consider importing Pakistani mangoes in the next season.