News Centre–TDO- Brazil's Ambassador to Ankara Eduardo Riccardo Gradilone Neto and his spouse Diva Cristin have hosted a reception at the Brazilian Embassy to mark Brazil's National Day.
The reception was attended by Brazil's Deputy Minister for Agriculture Eumar Novacki, Ambassador Süleyman İnan Özyıldız of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as many diplomats and heads of foreign missions
In his speech, Ambassador Neto said that 36 years after declaring independence from Portugal in 1822, Brazil had established official and diplomatic ties with the Ottoman Empire and that the night marked two historic occasions.
Stating that Brazil and Turkey had been strategic partners since 2010, Neto said "We will restart many projects that will take the close cooperation between Brazil and Turkey to the highest level."
Neto added that Brazilian President Michel Temer had sent an invitation to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to celebrate 160 years of diplomatic ties.
Ambassador Özyıldız emphasised that Brazil and Turkey had deep rooted ties and said "I believe increasing contact between and visits by officials and business people will add momentum to bilateral ties.
Stating that Brazil is one of the leading actors of its regon, Özyıldız added "Brazil is our largest trade partner in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2017, the trade volume was USD 3 billion. Through mutual efforts, this figure will rise higher."
Özyıldız said that direct flights between Istanbul and Sao Paulo had begun ten years ago and added "The flights have shortened the distance between the two countries and added momentum to economic, cultural and tourism ties."
Ambassador Neto and his spouse Diva Cristin presented the insignia of Rio Branco, Brazil's highest award for foreign nationals, to Brazil's Adana honorary consul Gözde Demir Çelen, Nevşehir honorary consul Ömer Tosun, Eskişehir Anadolu University State Conservatory member of faculty Lilian Tonella Tüzün and embassy employee Melihat Yıldırım for their work in promoting Brazil's image in Turkey and developing bilateral ties.