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18 Dec 2019

Belarus invites Turkey to collaborate in OSCE PA

Belarus invites Turkey to collaborate in OSCE PA

MINSK, 18 December (BelTA) – Belarus invites Turkey to develop cooperation within the framework of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Chairman of the House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko said as he met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkey to Belarus Kezban Nilvana Darama.

Vladimir Andreichenko welcomed progress in bilateral parliamentary contacts. “I think we should promote our cooperation in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in the same way. We need to bring something new into our relations in this international platform,” the speaker said.

Kezban Nilvana Darama is finishing her mission in Belarus. The speaker expressed hope that the ambassador will have good memories of the country. Vladimir Andreichenko noted that Kezban Nilvana Darama has contributed greatly to deepening ties between the two states. “We have no issues in our relations today. The bilateral cooperation is gaining momentum,” the speaker said. During the period of  Kezban Nilvana Darama’s work as ambassador to Belarus, two important highest-level visits took place: the Turkish leader paid a visit to Belarus and the Belarusian head of state visited Turkey. “In April this year during the visit of Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko to Turkey, a great number of important cooperation agreements were signed,” the speaker recalled.

Belarus-Turkey trade approached $1 billion in 2018. The presidents of the two countries set a bar higher – to increase the trade to $1.5 billion. According to Vladimir Andreichenko, a lot has been done in this field. The work has to be continued by the new Turkish ambassador to Belarus. The Belarusian parliament counts on constructive cooperation.

Kezban Nilvana Darama admitted that during her time in Belarus she felt like home here. She promised that she will promote the interests of Belarus further answering the call of the heart. She thanked the Belarusian side for support. The ambassador separately mentioned cooperation with the parliament that has made considerable progress. Important decisions in this field were taken during the visit of Turkish Parliament Speaker Binali Yildirim to Belarus. He met with the speakers of both chambers of the Belarusian parliament. A joint statement of cooperation was signed between the National Assembly of Belarus and the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.

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