GLOBALink | China contributes to global trade by successfully implementing opening-up: Turkish business leader
In a recent Xinhua interview, a Turkish business leader said that China contributes to global trade by successfully implementing opening-up policy.
Demir Sarman, head of the Federation of Food and Drink Industry Associations of Türkiye, said China has switched from exporting cheap textiles and household consumer goods to providing high-tech products, and has taken a giant step forward.
Sarman believes that the fifth China International Import Expo (CIIE) is a giant platform, where businesses across the globe meet and create new partnerships.
A total of 70.72 billion U.S. dollars worth of tentative deals were reached for one-year purchases of goods and services at the CIIE last year.
Sarman said that "the importance of the CIIE for the region and the world is indisputable." His federation, the umbrella organization of Türkiye's food and beverage industry, is participating in the CIIE for the first time.
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Turkish firefighting planes sent to extinguish fire in Borjomi, following the phone conversation between the Foreign Ministers of Georgia and Turkey
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia (MFA), Ilia Darchiashvili and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu had a telephone conversation, where the Turkish side expressed its readiness to assist in the elimination of forest fires raging in the Borjomi municipality of Georgia.
During the telephone conversation, the Turkish Foreign Minister expressed his interest in the current situation in the municipality of Borjomi and the progress of the fire extinguishing works. He once again confirmed Turkey's commitment to provide Georgia with appropriate equipment.
Ilia Darchiashvili thanked his Turkish colleague for his help and once again emphasized the close partnership between Georgia and Turkey and noted the assistance provided by Turkey in similar situations in the past.
Within the framework of international aid, Turkey's firefighting plane with an 8-ton tank has already got involved in carrying out fire extinguishing works in Borjomi municipality. Additional aircraft are scheduled to be dispatched.
MFA of Georgia
BEIJING, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Wednesday exchanged messages of congratulations on the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between their countries.
Over the past 50 years, bilateral relations have been developing steadily, Xi said in his message, adding that since the establishment of the China-Turkey strategic cooperative relationship in 2010, exchanges and cooperation in various fields have been moving forward in an orderly manner.
Since last year, Xi said, the two sides have been supporting each other in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak, and carried out fruitful cooperation on vaccines, which has deepened the friendship between the people of the two countries.
He said he attaches great importance to the development of China-Turkey relations, and stands ready to work with Erdogan to take the 50th anniversary as an opportunity to further advance bilateral ties.
The two countries, Xi suggested, should understand and support each other on issues concerning each other's core interests and major concerns, accelerate the aligning of development strategies, and push for steady and long-term development of their strategic cooperative relationship, so as to bring benefits to both countries and their people.
For his part, Erdogan said Turkey-China relations have a sound foundation for mutually beneficial development.
Over the past half century, bilateral cooperation in trade, investment, transportation, tourism and other fields has achieved tremendous development, he said.
The two countries, he added, have also promoted strategic cooperation on the basis of mutual respect and exerted a positive influence on the region and the world.
In the face of COVID-19, the two countries have been working together and helping each other to ensure the health of their people, he noted.
Turkey, he said, attaches great importance to the development of bilateral relations, and will continue to push forward strategic cooperation between the two countries.
On 20 April 2021, the third session of the Council on Cooperation in the field of education between Turkmenistan and Turkey was held via videoconferencing.
The delegations were headed by the Minister of Education of Turkmenistan Orazgeldi Gurbanov and the Minister of National Education of the Republic of Turkey Ziya Selcuk. The representatives of the relevant departments of the two countries also took part in the meeting.
During the talks, the positive dynamics of Turkmen-Turkish collaboration in the area of culture and education was highlighted. The parties specifically stated the necessity for further intensification of mutual dialogue on education for which favorable conditions exist.
As known, the efficient cooperation experience is accumulated between the Turkmen and Turkish institutions of higher education. With the aim of overall strengthening of ties among the secondary and higher institutions of specialized education, the parties agreed to continue further active participation in joint meetings and seminars, including the exchange of best practices on the development of modern curricula and teaching methods.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had a telephone conversation with his Turkish colleague Recep Tayyip ErdoğanMonday, 03 August 2020 21:26
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had a telephone conversation with President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Warmly greeting each other, the leaders of two states exchange congratulations and best wishes on occasion of Eid al Adha. Having noted that this holiday, which is based on the principles of humanity, embodies goodwill and high spiritual and moral values, the sides expressed confidence that Eid Al Adha would give new stimuli to further strengthening of understanding and mutual heal in Muslim world.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that the Republic of Turkey is fraternal state for Turkmenistan, cooperation with which has long-term and strategic character.
During the conversation, the sides have noted with delight that Turkmen – Turkish friendly relations receive new content at present time and implementation of joint projects supports to better interstate dialog.
Turkey is one of the countries, with which Turkmenistan successfully develops trade and economic relations, the Leader of the Nation said, having focused on importance of using significant potential for expansion of productive relations in this direction and rendering relative support to each other if it is necessary.
Having confirmed the commitment of two countries to unbreakable fraternal relations, Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan noted that all efforts would be put for further strengthening of interstate relations.
Discussing current issues of regional and global agenda, the sides have spoken of the coronavirus pandemic.
Having highlighted that Turkmenistan supports the efforts of the world community in combating of spread of this dangerous infection, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed confidence that efforts of all countries have to be consolidated for achievement of specific results.
In this regard, Turkmen leader confirmed invariable willingness of our country to cooperate in development of new methods in this direction.
Continuing the subject and having expressed gratitude to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for special attention of personal contribution to strengthening of interstate relations, the President of Turkmen state expressed gratitude for provided support and medical appliances and personal protective equipment sent to our country. the Head of the State noted that this fact is considered as a symbol of unbreakable friendship between two countries.
In the end of the conversation, Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan exchanged congratulations on Eid Al Adha, having wished health and success to each other and peace and prosperity to people of two countries.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
Helsinki – Within the framework of the CoE Ministerial Meeting, Georgian Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani held a meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.
Reaffirming the strategic partnership between the two countries, the sides reaffirmed their commitment to further deepen co-operation.
Paying special attention to the need to further strengthen economic relations, the sides expressed the hope that the Georgia-Turkey Joint Economic Trade Committee (JETCO) will hold its first meeting in the near future.
The Georgian Foreign Minister thanked Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu for active support of Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations both in bilateral and multilateral formats.
The Ministers also highlighted the importance of co-operation within the framework of international transit and energy projects.
REGARDING THE REPORTING IN THE GEORGIAN MEDIA ABOUT THE PROTESTS BY THE ARMENIAN GROUPS AND THE EVENT HELD BY THE TURKISH EMBASSY
On 24 April 2019, a group of Armenians held a protest at the outside of the Embassy as they have done for couple of years on every 24th of April. As every year, in their protests they demanded the Turkish Government to acknowledge the events of 1915 as “genocide”. Further, similar to the Armenian diaspora’s rhetoric in other countries, during their chants, speeches and slogans, they voiced threats against territorial integrity of Turkey and insulted the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
On the same day, Turkish Embassy organized a concert by the Turkish children and a small exhibition of their paintings with the theme of World peace and friendship on the occasion of the 23rd of April which is celebrated as the international day of children in Turkey.
During the Embassy activity, World children’s songs were also broadcasted. Among these songs there were also 2 Armenian songs as well as Turkish, Azeri, Russian, English, German and French children songs.
Before the Embassy event, a reporter of the Georgian-Armenian media requested to have an interview with me. Here is the link of that interview:
In that interview, I mentioned a message that I shared in social media and referred to the legacy of late Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink who was assassinated in 2007. As also will be seen from the Aliq media interview, I have stressed that the message of the children’s festivity was peace and a call to give all children of this region a perspective for peace. Interestingly, my words in the Aliq media interview were not reflected in the Georgian media.
Therefore, I present you the link and the aforementioned text of my message on the social media below.
I sincerely hope that Georgian public opinion will have the chance to read this message through your publication.
Message in social media:
“I want to share two speeches by Hrant Dink below the text. They are in Turkish. Here is a summary:
He says Turks and Armenians are each other’s medicine.
He says both sides need to try to understand each other’s pride and pain.
He calls for Armenian diaspora not to get chained by the word of “Genocide”, while he, as an Armenian felt the pain the loss of his people. He tells Turks to try to understand the trauma of Armenians.
He reminds the horrible deaths on both sides caused by imperialism of Great Power politics.
His strong, wise and valuable message and legacy should be respected.
He was assassinated.
As were 32 Turkish diplomats and their family members from 1973- 1984 in Los Angeles, Vienna, Paris, Beirut, Vatican, Madrid, Belgrade, Ottawa, Den Haag, Athens, Sydney, Boston, Lizbon, Brussels, Teheran by ASALA & JCAG for so called revenge of a so called genocide.
I defend the view that it was not a genocide. It was a fratricide, it was a deportation in WW1 that led to deaths of thousands, the memory of victims should be remembered.
M. Philips Price, the author of
“War and revolution in Asiatic Russia”, published in 1918 , concluded in his memoirs of his time in the Caucasus as the correspondent of the Manchester Guardian :
“ I now see clearly that the guilt of the war atrocities upon civilian populations cannot be put down to any one combatant…The more one dispassionately looks at the facts, and collects the stories told by sufferers of all races and creeds on the spot, as I have done in the course of 18 months, the more it becomes clear that it is impossible to charge any one government with the crime.”
I mourn for all the deaths, Armenian, Turkish, Kurdish who found themselves in the midst of a war which was not of their making.
I feel for all those families who had to leave the lands where their forefathers had lived. That includes millions of Muslims- Georgians, Circassian, Turks, Albanians, Crimean Tatars who were deported or driven out from their ancestral lands to Anatolia in 19th-20th century.
I mourn for 32 Turkish diplomats.
But I hope Turkish and Armenian children will one day celebrate peace together and learn to respect and understand each other’s pain and pride, as Hrant Dink had called for. I fully share his view that we must not allow this painful memory to be exploited by others.
We have to teach our children to protect what’s theirs while respecting the others. We have to teach empathy not hate. We have to leave them a vision for future and not an obsession with their past. They must not forget, but first they need to learn the whole story, devoid of propaganda. Perhaps it is also not too late for our generation as well.
That is why I became a diplomat, anyway.
Stay in peace.
First Vice Prime Minister of Georgia, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Dimitry Kumsishvili held a meeting with the representatives of the Georgian and Turkish Businessmen Associations where the parties discussed business and investment environment in Georgia as well as prospects of deepening trade and economic ties between Georgia and Turkey.
It was highlighted that Turkey is Georgia’s largest trade partner and second largest investor country. Despite intense trade and economic relations, ties between the business circles of the countries are still developing, and the volume of the Turkish capital in Georgia is increasing.
Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Giorgi Cherkezishvili and the Head of the LEPL Enterprise Georgia, Mikheil Khidureli also attended the meeting.
Trilateral Ministerial was held at the level of Georgian, Turkish and Azerbaijan Defence Ministers in Batumi. In the framework of the Ministerial, Levan Izoria held a bilateral meeting with his Turkish counterpart Fikri Işık.
Minister Levan Izoria thanked Minister of National Defence of Turkey for the steadfast practical and political support of Georgia and for the assistance provided by the Turkish side in the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package implementation. As Minister Levan Izoria underlined, Georgia`s Euro-Atlantic integration aspirations is unwavering and Georgia continues implementation of democratic informs in this direction.
The sides discussed bilateral cooperation issues. A special focus was placed on military education and joint military exercises. The discussions covered the contribution provided by Georgian and Turkish troops in the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.
The 5th consecutive ministerial meeting finished in Batumi. The trilateral cooperation at the level of Georgian, Turkish and Azerbaijan Defence Ministers began in 2012.
A-400M type military cargo aircraft of Turkish Air Force, returning from a mission to Afghanistan where Turkey has its troops deployed as a part of the NATO operation will make a brief stop-over at Tbilisi International Airport tonihgt at 20:30. The aircraft will leave for Turkey later in the night together with the Turkish Air Force delegation which has been conducting an assessment mission in Georgia within the framework of the NATO-Georgia Substantial Package of which Turkey is the lead nation in the field of aviation. Taking this opportunity, Commander of Georgian Air Force and the head of the Turkish delegation returning from Afghanistan will hold a meeting at the VIP lounge of the airport.