Zambia, Turkey strengthen relations

TURKEY is ready to help Zambia in any area of need and has indicated its desire to strengthen relations between the two countries.
Minister of Agriculture, Food and Livestock Kutbettin Arzu said this during Zambia’s 51st Independence anniversary celebrations at Swiss Hotel in Ankara.
Mr Arzu said Turkey is pleased that relations with Zambia are growing rapidly in many fields and that development and consolidation of bilateral co-operation between the two countries is a priority for Turkey.
This is contained in a statement released yesterday by deputy head of mission at the Zambian embassy in Turkey Bwalya Nondo.
Mr Arzu commended Zambians for the peaceful and mature political transition that ushered President Lungu into office.
He said his country attaches great importance to increasing trade between the two countries.
And Zambia’s Ambassador to Turkey Miriam Mulenga says the southern African country admires Turkey’s strides in various areas of the economy over the years, and considers that country as a strategic development partner.
Ms Mulenga thanked Turkey for the development support it is giving to Zambia, especially in human resource capacity-building through the provision of scholarships in various fields of study.
The ambassador invited the Turkish business community to take advantage of Zambia’s huge unexploited investment potential by venturing into areas such as agriculture, mining, tourism, construction and energy.
Earlier, Ms Mulenga led more than 200 guests in observing a minute of silence in memory of more than 100 people who died in a bomb blast in Ankara, near the Central railway station on October 10, 2015 this year.
The Zambian mission also used the independence commemoration to showcase a number of traditional artifacts and beamed a tourism video to promote Zambia as a tourism destination of choice.

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