MINSK, 30 October (BelTA) – Belarus and Turkey maintain regular political contacts, Ambassador of Turkey to Belarus Kezban Nilvana Darama said at a solemn event timed to the national holiday of Turkey on 29 October, BelTA has learned.
According to the diplomat, the two states cultivate close relations, including at the highest level. Business contacts are an important driving force in promoting bilateral cooperation. In fact, Turkish companies take part in joint projects with Belarus in areas like telecommunications and construction. Turkey’s direct investment also makes a significant contribution to the Belarusian economy.
Kezban Nilvana Darama noted that more Belarusian tourists chose to have vacations in Turkey last year. Interregional contacts are also on the rise. In fact, this year Minsk and Turkey’s Gaziantep became twin towns.
Belarus Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Oleg Kravchenko called Turkey an important partner of Belarus. The two countries have no problems in relations. Turkey was the first country to recognize Belarus’ independence. The two states contribute to maintaining peace and security in the region.
Oleg Kravchenko is confident about good prospects of the bilateral contacts with Turkey. He reminded that the two countries expect to reach the $1 billion target in the bilateral trade by the yearend.