LATVIA AND TURKEY: THE FORGOTTEN RELATIONS 1918-1940




News Center –TDO- Introduction of Latvian academician Prof. Dr. Eriks Jekabsons’ "Latvia and Turkey: Forgotten Relations 1918-1940" titled book was made at Ankara University, Faculty of Languages History and Geography with the partnership of Latvian Embassy and Ankara University.

Latvian Ambassador to Turkey Peteris Karlis Elferts, Head of the Directorate General of Eurpe Ambassador Lebibe Gülhan Ulutekin, Head of the State Archives Sections of the Presidency Prof. Dr. Uğur Ünal, Dean of the Faculty of Languages History and Geography Prof. Dr. İhsan Çiçek, Director of Comparative Civilization and Peace Research Center Prof. Dr. Neşe Özden and many other guests attended to the event.  

Ambassador Elferts made a speech at the event and stated that Prof. Jekabsons’ book, which was published for the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Latvia, was very important both for Latvia and Turkey.

Ambassador Elferts reminded that Turkey and Latvia were established in the same period and said "This book reveals the forgotten relations and contains information acquired from the two countries' state archives."

Head of the Directorate General of Eurpe Ambassador Lebibe Gülhan Ulutekin also made a speech at the event and said, “Turkey objected the annexation of Latvia by Soviet Union and opened its first diplomatic mission in the Baltic to Riga, Latvia in 1929.”.

Head of the State Archives Sections of the Presidency Prof. Dr. Uğur Ünal stated in his speech that there were a lot of documents that certificated the historical relations between Turkey and Latvia. And he also underlined that the treaty of friendship between these two countries was signed in 1925. 

Eriks Jekabsons, author of the book, also made a speech at the event and said, “Mr. Ambassador asked me to write an article about Latvian-Turkish relations. And that article was developed in time with the contributions of state archives and academicians of Ankara University.”  Jekabsons stated that he had found interesting information during his studies and said, “You will find really interesting information in the book, as well. Cooperation between the two countries should be made in other fields of science.”

After the introduction of the book, ”Latvia in Turkish Archives” Exhibition organized by State Archives Sections of the Presidency was opened to visit.