October 20, 2017

Unity Within Diversity

Myanmar and Turkey strengthen bilateral ties

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi receives Turkish Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: Aung Shine Oo
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi receives Turkish Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: Aung Shine Oo

MYANMAR’s Union Minister for Foreign Affairs Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Turkish Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu held talks in Naypyitaw yesterday focusing on cooperation between the two countries after 58 years of diplomatic relations.
The talks focused on developing a strong partnership in education, health, culture and tourism sectors, seeking ways to boost bilateral trade and open flight paths between the two countries as well as opening political dialogue between the two countries.
At a joint press conference afterwards, H.E Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said that establishing an understanding among people from diverse ethnic groups and different communities is the basic principle of the government’s policy, expressing that the Turkish Foreign Minister’s visit to Myanmar will help boost bilateral ties.
Mr. Çavuşoğlu acknowledged the Myanmar people’s efforts for transitonal process of democratization, while pledging more Turkish aid for Myanmar and communities in Rakhine state.
According to Mr. Çavuşoğlu, Turkey has provided more than US$30 million to help Myanmar’s health, education and infrastructure sectors since 2012.
Aid from the Turkish government to Myanmar is delivered through the Turkish International Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) and is allocated at the Union and regional governments request.
Mr. Çavuşoğlu pledged to continue aid to Myanmar stating that Turkey wants to cooperate with international organisations, including assisting Myanmar in bringing about peace to Rakhine state and to strengthen the ongoing peace process throughout the country to help develop the country.
Mr. Çavuşoğlu also called for boosting bilateral relations and trade, further cooperation in the sectors of education, health, tourism and infrastructure and operation of flights to and from Myanmar. He also called for the relaxation of visa rules to make travel easier.
Discussion on opening an office to enhance connectivity between the ministries and ongoing works for the development of all communities in Rakhine State were discussed during talks with Myanmar’s Union minister, he added.
Union Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said that efforts are being made to effectuate the development of Rakhine State, hoping that international organisations will help Myanmar.
Myanmar and Turkey established diplomatic ties in 1958. The Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Myanmar was opened in 2012 with the appointment of Mr. Murat Yavuz Ates as the first Turkish Ambassador to Myanmar.—Myanmar News Agency

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