Belarus and Turkey could use cooperation potential to the fullest


Belarus and Turkey could use cooperation potential to the fullest

Alexander Lukashenko met with the head of the Turkish government on February 15. This is the first official visit to Belarus in the history of the two countries at the level of the prime minister.

Belarus' head of state stressed that today the relations between Belarus and Turkey are experiencing a renaissance. Cooperation in trade is also developing well.

Binali Yıldırım, Prime Minister of the Turkish Republic: 
First of all, I want to thank you for being very warm and hospitable towards us. Yesterday I held talks with your Prime Minister, the meeting was effective and wide-ranging. We discussed all interstate issues: trade, tourism, transport, and culture. We had an opportunity to discuss all the goals and objectives that you set in November 2016 during a meeting with our president.

Also, I would like to convey the words of greetings from our head of state. Recep Erdogan believes that we are not using our potential to the fullest.

The diplomatic relations of Belarus and Turkey began more than a quarter of a century ago. In 2017, the level of mutual trade came closer to a billion dollars. Moreover, Belarusian exports have increased by more than half. Over all these years, the Turkish business - construction, food, tourism - has found its niche in Belarus. The partners are also investing in Belarus' economy. In 2017 alone, more than $40 million of investment came from Turkey.