An intense and successful agenda of official activities was carried out this Wednesday by the Constitutional President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro Moros, during his visit to Turkey, the beginning of a tour that includes Eurasian countries, as part of the Peace Diplomacy deployed by the country. as part of its initiatives to strengthen multilateralism and the self-determination of the peoples of the world.
Honors to the father of the Turkish Homeland, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk:
At the beginning of the day, the head of the Venezuelan State, accompanied by the First Combatant Woman, Cilia Flores, paid honors to the father of the country and first president of the Republic of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, on the Road of the Lions at the Anitkabir, monument and symbol of culture in Ankara.
Once the tribute was paid, the National President stamped his signature in the book of illustrious visitors to record the tour that he sealed with his participation in a parade of honor.
Through a message published on his social networks, the national president was honored by his visit to the Mausoleum of the Father of Turkish independence, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk:
“What an honor to attend the Mausoleum of the Father of Turkish Independence, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, and to connect with his heroic legacy. With great respect, we pay tribute to him in these solemn spaces in which we ratify our admiration for the history of the people of Turkey”, he stressed.
Honors at the Turkish Presidential Complex:
After completing this first part of his activities, President Nicolás Maduro went to the Ankara Presidential Complex, where he was received by his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who received him with the honors corresponding to his high investiture.
In 2017, President Maduro made his first visit to Turkey, consolidating a fruitful relationship between the two peoples, as well as a new stage in commercial, cultural, political cooperation and more.
High Level Meeting:
Immediately, both presidents held a bilateral meeting, during which, in a frank and respectful dialogue, they reviewed the existing cooperation map between Venezuela and Turkey.
Following, Presidents Maduro and Erdogan headed an important High-Level Bilateral Meeting, whose delegations expanded on the main aspects of the solid and robust cooperation that has been developing between the two countries over the years.
It is worth noting that in a joint declaration signed on April 30, eight important working instruments were established in areas of interest related to science, technology, transportation, agriculture and land, as well as tourism.
President Maduro: 2022 will be the year for investment between Venezuela and Turkey:
During the signing of agreements between Turkey and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the President, Nicolás Maduro, stated that the year 2022 “is the ideal time for Turkish investors in Venezuela.”
“(…) For them to arrive in tourism, in mining, in industry, in logistics, in banking, in oil, in gas, in gold, in coal, so that Turkish investment arrives in Venezuela, (this) is the moment,” he said.
He also expressed that a higher growth is expected for this year, given that Venezuela is experiencing an advance in trade, in the productive economy, in the countryside, in food, in agricultural production and in industrial production, “a flourishing never seen before in 100 years”.
He added that thanks to this scenario, there are all juridic, legal, political and economic guarantees to begin a process of expansion in relations between Turkey and Venezuela.
He also declared that the conditions are in place for Turkey’s tourism to grow in Venezuela:
“This visit has been a complete success both for its content and for its climate of friendship and closeness”, said President Maduro regarding his visit to Turkey, and extended his words of thanks for the good reception he received in the Eurasian country.
President Erdoğan: Trade agreements with Venezuela will reach one billion dollars:
“Venezuela and Turkey sign alliances for shared development in trade, energy, mining, business, construction, health, tourism and agriculture, and with more than 150 million dollars in commercial exchanges in 2019. Now we have tripled this figure to reach 850 million dollars: the estimate for this year is to end at one billion by 2022, projecting us to five billion in the short term”, said the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
The Turkish President reiterated that he was very happy with the visit of President Maduro and his delegation to Ankara:
“Venezuela is a very important partner in Latin America and the Caribbean. We will never underestimate the solidarity that the Homeland of Bolívar has shown towards us, since Venezuela supported us unconditionally during the attempted coup d’etat against my government”, he stated.
Likewise, President Erdogan emphasized that there is an exemplary friendship, support and solidarity between the two nations, which nurtures their relations in different areas:
“It is admirable to note that President Maduro, despite the blockades and sanctions, has been able to solve the problems of his people with formidable strength and intelligence, following the precepts of the Liberator Simón Bolívar and Commander Hugo Chávez,” added the head of the Turkish state, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Venezuela and Turkey sign agreements:
President Nicolás Maduro Moros explained that with the three agreements signed this Wednesday with Turkey, in the areas of tourism, agriculture and finance, the map of strategic cooperation is completed, with more than 54 agreements between both nations.
“We have a broad map of cooperation, more than 54 agreements and all of them rapidly developing,” he detailed.
Likewise, President Maduro thanked the highest authority of the Eurasian country for its attention in the most difficult moments of COVID-19 in the country: “Turkey was always there to support us in all the necessary processes for health and to overcome the pandemic.”
Likewise, President Nicolás Maduro invited Erdogan to make a prompt visit to Caracas, and thus continue to strengthen the ties of friendship and cooperation.