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Turkey News Bulletin – 03.02.2021

Defence/EU Relations

A news conference held after a meeting in Budapest yesterday, between Turkish Defence Minister, Hulusi Akar, and his Hungarian counterpart, Tibor Benko, was told that discussions had been ‘constructive and productive’.

Amongst the topics discussed were issues of defence and security, along with military co-operation, and Mr Akar recognised the importance of good relationships with Hungary, who he noted as a “true friend and ally”.

Also discussed at the meeting were matters such as developments in the neighbouring regions such as the Aegean, Balkans, Azerbaijan, Libya, and Afghanistan

Mr Akar also noted that both countries’ cooperation and common efforts would not only contribute to the bilateral ties, but also to the EU and NATO efforts in security.

Mr Benko reiterated that they discussed many important issues and that common efforts were carried out under NATO to ensure security, stability, and peace.

Stressing that the Turkish peace mission provided valuable contributions to peace and security in the western Balkans, he further noted that Turkey’s efforts, regarding the sheltering of 4 million refugees, meant a lot for both Europe and Hungary.  Mr Benko went on to personally thank Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his counterpart Mr Akar for their commitment to such solidarity.

Turkey-US Talks

Turkish Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın held a phone conversation with U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan recently, the first official dialogue since the new administration in Washington took office last month.

A statement issued by the Turkish presidency declared that it is necessary for Turkey and the United States to strengthen their relations, maintain close contact in every issue, and effectively use the channels of dialogue for constructive cooperation in the period ahead.

Kalın expressed Turkey’s expectation that the two allied countries would adopt a strong, sustainable and constructive model of relationship in the new era and a consensus was reached to strengthen the NATO alliance and to take steps that would contribute to regional and global peace and stability.

Turkish Gold Discovery

A recent discovery of gold reserves in Turkey’s northwestern province of Bilecik, will yield around 6 – 7 tons of gold per year, and will create employment for around 800 people in the year, said Fatih Donmez, Energy & Natural Resources Minister yesterday.

Turkey has invested around $560 million over the past 18 years in the Bilecik area, with around $55 million in the first six months of 2020 alone, which enabled gold production in the area to achieve 42 tons – the highest level in the history of the country, and adding $2.4 billion to the Turkish economy.

Mr Donmez added that Turkey has invested $6 billion in the gold sector, which currently employs 13,200 and aims to increase its domestic gold production to 100 tons a year in the next five years.

 

 

 

 

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