Turkey wants to increase cooperation in Bangladesh's big projects and defense sector Bangladesh-Turkey
Collected External Affairs Minister AK Abdul Momen with Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu

Turkey wants to increase cooperation in Bangladesh's big projects and defense sector

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 23 Dec 2020, 11:04 pm

Dhaka, December 23: Turkey wants to further enhance defense cooperation with Bangladesh. At the same time, the country is interested in working on various big projects in Bangladesh. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu made the remarks on Wednesday (December 23).

The Turkish Foreign Minister arrived in Dhaka on Tuesday night (December 22). He then paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday (December 23) morning. Later, Mevlুতt had a meeting with Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen.

In a press conference after the meeting, Abdul Momen said, "We are interested in enhancing trade, KOVID-19 and multilateral relations with Turkey." We are ready to work with Turkey. Momen also said that busts of Bangabandhu and Kamal Ataturk would be unveiled in the two countries at a time when it is 'beneficial for all'.

Comparing Bangladesh as a 'rising star of Asia', the Turkish Foreign Minister said that many big Turkish companies are now interested in Bangladesh not only in textiles but also in other sectors. We are also encouraging Turkish companies to come to this country. "We have set a target of ২০০ 200 million for our trade in the near future, up from about কোটি 1 billion last year," he said.

He said Bangladesh is currently undertaking various large-scale projects, adding that Turkish construction companies are one of the largest in the world and Turkey is second only to China. We are interested in working together in this sector.

Regarding the cooperation in the defense sector, he said, "The quality of our defense products is very good, the prices are very affordable and no conditions are imposed for buying them. I am sure Bangladesh will take advantage of these benefits."

"Turkey is willing to transfer technology and co-produce in the defense sector," he said. "However, we produce more than 75 percent. This is because even our friends did not provide our defense equipment when the problem was going on before. That's why we produce most of the products ourselves."

"Turkey has invested a lot in this sector," he said, adding that "we are jointly producing products with several countries."

He said Turkey would continue to co-operate with Bangladesh on the Rohingya issue, adding that the international community was not doing enough. We just don’t want to listen. We also want to see its reflection at work.