Turkey eager to enhance cooperation with Brunei
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
BRUNEI and Turkey are looking to further enhance cooperation in agriculture, tourism, communications, defence and culture.
This was brought up by outgoing Turkish Ambassador to Brunei Oguz Ates in his speech at a reception to mark the 93rd anniversary of the proclamation of Turkey at Rizqun International Hotel yesterday.
“There is always potential for further growth and even closer relations between the two countries,” said Oguz.
The first resident Turkish ambassador to the Sultanate noted that his country’s relationship with Brunei has grown to new heights since the opening of Turkish Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan in October 2013.
“I believe that it is important to maintain and further increase that momentum,” he said.
He said since the opening of the reciprocal embassies in each other’s capitals, both countries have experienced many positive developments such as the lifting of the reciprocal visa requirements, a code sharing agreement between the two national airlines and increasing the number of Bruneian tourists visiting Turkey.
In addition, Bruneian students are now studying in Turkish varsities, while the first Turkish cultural and culinary festival was held in Brunei last year.
In the field of economic cooperation, he said that more Turkish companies are taking interest in Brunei and new achievements in foreign direct investments both ways.
The envoy said that His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s visit to Turkey during the 13th Islamic Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul in April last year was an important occasion where the leaders of the two countries took issues of mutual concern at the highest level.
Present as the guest of honour was Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Hj Ali Hj Apong.
He was accompanied by his wife Datin Hjh Norhaida Hj Sulaiman.
Before concluding the speech, the outgoing envoy bade final farewells to the audience, extending his sincere gratitude for the friendship and support given to him during his three-year tour of duty here.
Oguz presented his letter of credence to His Majesty in December 2013.
He will return to Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ankara on November 6.
The Brunei Times