Turkish Prime Minister hails progress seen in Sri Lanka

16nov1Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım says Turkey is pleased with the progress made by the new Unity government in Sri Lanka.

He also aid that Turkish contractors can partner with Sri Lanka on various construction projects.

The Turkish Prime Minister expressed these views when he met the Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen in Turkey.

“I appreciate that a Lankan Cabinet Minister is officially calling on me for the first time in this way. We are pleased of the progress made by the new Unity government in Sri Lanka,” the Turkish Prime Minister said.

He said that Sri Lanka and Turkey have cordial and historic relations and today both countries are re-opening trade talks in Ankara and thereby entering a new era.

“I have been informed of the successful JCMTEC session in Ankara and I am pleased to inform you that we shall be formulating a team of high level Turkish officials to oversee the progress of this JCMTEC as well. We see Sri Lanka not only as a hub in South Asia but as an attractive tourist destination as well. Turkish construction contractors are world renowned. They can partner in various construction projects in Sri Lanka -including the planned Megapolis of Sri Lanka. We are ready to partner.”

Minister Bathiudeen welcomed the proposal for contractors from Turkey to partner with Sri Lanka and he invited representatives from the Turkish contractor community to visit Sri Lanka.

During the meeting, both Minister Bathiudeen and Yıldırım also discussed other avenues of bilateral cooperation. (Colombo Gazette)


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