Turkey identifies Bangladesh for deeper ties

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Turkish Ambassador to Bangladesh Mustafa Osman Turan has said his country is determined to develop its partnership with Bangladesh further based on shared interests and for the mutual well-being of people in the coming days.

"Our economic development trajectories bode well for a promising future. We will be stronger in every field if we develop our partnership further on this solid foundation," he said.

Turkey is best placed to understand Bangladesh and always stands in solidarity with the government of Bangladesh in the years to come, said the ambassador.

In a message marking the Turkish National Day, Ambassador Turan said Turkish investors have already recognized Bangladesh as a land of opportunities and invested in key sectors of the economy such as energy, consumer goods and ready-made garments.

"Our trade is booming despite the pandemic, expected to reach $1.5 billion in 2022," he said, adding that Turkish Airlines have increased the number of their flights to 14 a week.

Businesses from the two countries are meeting at online and offline B2B meetings.

The envoy highlighted another shared value the two countries have: hospitality towards foreigners and particularly those in need.

Both of the countries host millions of refugees, 4 million Syrians in Turkey and over 1 million Rohingyas in Bangladesh.

"We set the standards for humanity in taking care of the vulnerable people fleeing persecution and violence," said Turan.

He said 99 years ago, the Turkish Grand National Assembly proclaimed the foundation of the Republic of Turkey.

"This was possible thanks to the sacrifices made by the Turkish nation and the Independence War led by Gazi Mustafa Kemal Ataturk," said the envoy of Turkey's genocide-perpetrating founding father.

"Turkish people were victorious against the foreign armies also because of the support extended by friendly nations around the world," he continued. "Bengali nation was one of them. We will never forget the helping hand of our Bengali brothers and sisters during our most difficult times."

"Today, rising on the legacy of our Founding Fathers, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, both Turkey and Bangladesh are thriving countries," he said.

On 20 October 2021, the two countries have launched the Bangladesh-Turkey Business Forum (BTBF) in Dhaka.

Bringing together six major Turkish companies operating in Bangladesh and eleven prominent Bangladeshi companies who are doing business with Turkey, BTBF will promote better economic and trade relations between the two countries and facilitate partnerships based on our shared values, said Ambassador Turan.

"Indeed, our shared values date back to the times of Hazrat Shah Jalal, whose mother was from Konya, the Turkish city where Hazrat Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi lived and died," said the envoy who visited Sylhet, the city of saints, where Hazrat Shah Jalal's shrine is revered and visited by millions who respect him and his wisdom.

"Konya and Sylhet are sister cities, bringing us closer," he added.

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