Turkey Donates over Two Million US Dollars to Antigua and Barbuda

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NEW YORK, NY, USA – 28th September, 2014……..*Prime Minister the Hon.

Gaston Browne in a meeting with President of the Republic of Turkey Tayyip

Erdogan in New York last week, secured over two million US dollars in grant

aid for Antigua and Barbuda.

 

During the meeting with President Erdogan, Prime Minister Browne expressed

Antigua and Barbuda’s desire to further develop the relations between the

two countries.  He congratulated President Erdogan on being the first

president to be elected by the people of Turkey in free and fair

elections.  He said that President Erdogan’s leadership has led to Turkey

becoming of the most successful developing economies.

 

President Erdogan during the discussions congratulated Prime Minister

Browne on his recent victory at the polls and outlined that Turkey is

interested in Antigua and Barbuda’s development and provided a grant of two

point one million United States dollars towards project development.

President Erdogan also advised Prime Minister Browne that his country would

welcome Antigua and Barbuda establishing an Embassy in Turkey and that his

government is prepared to cover the cost of rent for the facility for five

years.

 

Prime Minister Browne welcomed the suggestion and proposed that Turkey also

establish a mission for the Caribbean based in Antigua and Barbuda.  He

also pointed out his government is prepared to work with the government of

Turkey in facilitating Turkish Airlines flying to Antigua and connecting to

other countries within the region.  He said that his government will also

welcome Turkish businessmen exploring investment opportunities in Antigua

and Barbuda.

 

Both leaders also discussed other areas of cooperation with Turkey

committing to give serious consideration to the provision of a new fire

engine for the V.C. Bird International Airport and financial and technical

support to the government’s Five Hundred Homes in Five Hundred Days

programme.

 

Both leaders pledged to remain in close contact with President Erdogan

extending a personal invitation to Foreign Minister the Hon. Charles

Fernandez to attend follow-up meetings in Istanbul

 

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