Turkey keen to boost trade relations with Bangladesh: Momen

Diplomatic Correspondent

29 October, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has said Turkey eager to strengthen bilateral trade relations with Bangladesh to boost it into US$ 2 billion.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan opined that the existing bilateral trade between the two countries should exceed US $2 billion, he referred to his recent meeting with the President. 

Momen told reporters that Bangladesh is working to enhance the bilateral trade and take the relations to new height.

While receiving special gifts of medical equipment to fight against coronavirus sent by the Turkish President on Wednesday, Momen said the relations between the two countries will grow up in the future.

Turkish Ambassador to Bangladesh Mustafa Osman Turan handed over the medical equipment at State Guesthouse Padma.

 “This medical equipment assistance aims to contribute to the successful efforts of Bangladesh to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the fourth time Turkey extends its helping hand to the Government of Bangladesh during the COVID-19 crisis. It is also Turkey’s largest medical assistance to Bangladesh so far,” said the Turkish envoy.

The gift items include 20 ventilator units, 20 ventilator stand sets, 20 ventilator accessories set, 10,000 N95 masks, 10,000 gowns, 10,000 coveralls, 2,000 face shields and 5,000 protective glasses.

Earlier, on August 20, Turkey gave 2,000 N95 masks, 30 multi-parameter patient monitors, 10 ventilator machine, 300 pulse oximeter and 35 syringe plump.

Turkey also donated 1,000 N95 masks, 1,000 PPE suits, two ventilator machine and 5,000 medical masks on July 6, 2020 and 1,000 N95 masks, 1,000 PPE suits, two ventilator machine and 5,000 medical masks on June 7, 2020.

Foreign Minister Momen also informed that the Turkish Foreign Minister will visit Bangladesh soon to hold discussion with Bangladesh counterpart.

Momen reiterated that the Turkish President will visit Bangladesh as soon as COVID-19 pandemic is over either to attend the finale event of "Mujib Borsho" on March 17 event or the D-8 Summit.

The Turkish President accepted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's invitation to visit Bangladesh.