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Turkish President Erdogan likely to visit Dhaka next year

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Bangladesh as soon as COVID-19 pandemic subsides next year.

He is likely to either attend the concluding event of “Mujib Borsho” or the D-8 Summit in March next year.

“We are all set to welcome the Turkish president,” the foreign minister AK Abdul Momen told reporters on Wednesday.

While receiving a special gift of medical equipment sent by the Turkish president through its

Earlier, Turkish ambassador in Bangladesh Mustafa Osman Turan gifted medical equipment sent by the Turkish president.

Momen spoke about Bangladesh’s willingness to expand trade relations with Turkey through enhancement of bilateral trade volume between the two countries.

He further said, “Erdogan wants enhancing ties with Bangladesh and trade should exceed US$ 2 billion.”

The bilateral trade volume was $935.8 million last year.

Bangladesh exports jute yarns and twine, jute manufacturers knitwear, woven garments, leather and ceramics to Turkey.

Turkey exports iron and steel construction material, cotton, milk and milk products, machines and their components, textile machinery, spices, generators.

Minister Momen said the new Turkish Mission in Bangladesh is ready to open and his counterpart Mevlut Cavusog will visit Dhaka soon to inaugurate it.

Momen called on the Turkish president at the Presidential Complex in Ankara last month.

Both leaders discussed various issues of mutual interest and Dhaka said the one-hour meeting with the Turkish president as “very cordial”.

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