News Centre –TDO – On the 27th anniversary of Moldova’s independence, Moldovan Ambassador to Turkey has hosted a reception at the Nazım Hikmet Congress and Arts Centre in Ankara.
The reception was attended by Vice President Fuat Oktay, People’s Republican Party Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, Russia’s Ambassador to Ankara Alexei Yerkhov, the UK’s Ambassador to Ankara Sir Dominick Chilcott, Belarus’ Ambassador to Ankara Andrei Savinykh, Turkmenistan’s Ambassador to Ankara Isankuli Amanlıyev, India’s Ambassador to Ankara Shri Sanjay Bhattacharyya, Romania’s Ambassador to Moldova Costin Gorea, President of the Romanian-Turkish Chamber of Commerce Tamer Atalay, Deputy Mayor of Bucharest Aurelian Badulescu, Mayor of Yenimahalle Fethi Yaşar, as well as representatives of many diplomatic missions.
In his speech, Fuat Oktay congratulated Moldova and said that bilateral ties were developing along the lines of mutual respect and trust.
Oktay said that the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) had realised projects worth millions of dollars throughout Moldova and said “TİKA is currently undertaking the renovation of the Moldovan presidential compound.”
Oktay said that the Free Trade Agreement that entered into force in 2016 had already had positive results and added “Volume of trade between our two countries has risen from USD 410 million in 2016 to USD 466 million in 2017, with an increase on USD 56 million in 2017. At present 213 Turkish firms have investments worth USD 350 million in Moldova. We encourage firms to invest more in Moldova.”
Oktay stated that bilateral ties were improving in the field of education and added that “Moldovan tourists prefer Turkey. In 2017, almost 172,000 people from Moldova visited Turkey.”
Ambassador Bolboceanu said that the relations between the sides had always developed along partnership and amicable lines and said “Turkey is our major strategic partner. We witness the ties between Turkey and Moldova growing stronger every year.”
Bolboceanu said that the Moldovan parliament had chosen to be an independent country adopting European values.
Ambassador Bolboceanu expressed gratitude to the Municipality of Yenimahalle that had aided in the organisation of the ceremony and added “Many Moldovan citizens come to Turkey. At the same time, many Turkish citizens travel to Moldova. This is a sign of the friendship between our two countries.”
Following the speeches, world famous composer Eugen Doga, an admirer of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, put on the premiere of a piece he composed for Ataturk. Doga was accompanied by the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Ankara.
Speaking before the concert, Mayor of Yenimahalle Fethi Yaşar said that they were proud to be hosting Eugen Doga in Yenimahalle and said “I went to Romania eight months ago as the President of the Union of Municipalities of central Anatolia, on the invitation of the Romanian-Turkish Business Council. We shared knowledge and experiences with municipalities there. I there learned that the world famous artist Doga was an admirer of Ataturk. We invited Doga over and he visited Ataturk’s Mausoleum. Now, he is back in Turkey to perform a piece he composed for Ataturk. Ghazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk has shined a light not just for us but for all oppressed peoples. Foreign peoples have always stated that they drew inspiration from the enlightened path of Ataturk.”