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Turkey, Bangladesh relation is deep rooted and nothing can hinder the ties

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 24th November, 2021 08:54:49 PM
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Turkey, Bangladesh relation is deep rooted and nothing can hinder the ties

Turkish Ambassador to Bangladesh Mustafa Osman Turan has said that relations between the two countries have strong historical and cultural roots and nothing can hinder this deep rooted relation.

"Turkey and Bangladesh enjoys long standing deep rooted relationship ... nothing can change this … no political development can change this fact," he said while interacting with diplomatic correspondents at Turkish embassy on Wednesday evening. 

Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) Vice President Mahfuzur Rahman Mishu and General Secretary AKM Moinuddin also spoke on the occasion.

The envoy made it clear that Turkey never wanted to influence what going on in Bangladesh and how its legal system is implemented.   

"Maybe there are some disagreements which were unfortunately misinterpreted... but we are two close countries ... and whatever we do we do benefit of our brothers and sisters of Bangladesh," he said.

Ambassador Turan said after the military coup attempt in Turkey in 2016, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was the first global leader, who sent a solidity message to the Turkish government and after that Ankara put efforts to enhance the bilateral ties with Dhaka. 

"Currently, I do not see any obstacle that our relations will deter further as I said that incident was misinterpreted," he said referring some incidents taken place between Dhaka and Ankara regarding International Crimes Tribunal.   

The envoy also mentioned that Turkey was the first country to show solidarity with Bangladesh just after the Rohingya exodus, that shows how deep rooted the bilateral relations between the two countries.

He said currently Turkey is working to enhance the bilateral trade between the two countries and take it to three billion US dollar, which has already crossed the one billion mark.

Ambassador Turan said the defense cooperation between Dhaka and Ankara have been increasing in last couple of years as Turkey is getting self-sufficient in defense manufacturing.

He said the Turkey would like to be a solution maker of Bangladesh armed forces.

The ambassador said his country is also showed interest to invest in the ship building industry here as well as enhance cooperation in the pharmaceuticals and ICT sectors.