Turkey's first resident Ambassador to Eritrea arrives
|Turkey says it will start direct flights into Asmara soon, and will restore the ancient Turkish (Ottoman) buildings in Massawa - Photo credit: H.E., Ambassador Firat Sunel|
Turkey's first resident Ambassador to Eritrea arrives in Asmara
In a sign of growing diplomatic relation with Eritrea, Turkey appointed Fırat Sunel to be the country's first resident ambassador to Asmara, a move that's part of a larger push by Ankara to establish closer ties with African states.
Heartfelt congratulations to @firatsunel for arriving at Asmara as 1st resident ambassador of Turkey to Eritrea, an exciting appointment.
— Fazli Corman (@FazliCorman) November 1, 2013
Turkey, which says it attaches great importance to the Horn of Africa region, seeks to establish stronger diplomatic and economic ties with Eritrea. However, trade between the two states has yet to take off.
In 2010, Eritrea imported US$10 million worth of goods from Turkey, while it exported just a little over US$10,000. But there are signs these figures will increase substantially in the coming years.
Ambassador Sunel says he's been visiting business circles in Istanbul to discuss ways to enhance bilateral ties with Eritrea. Moreover, Turkey plans to commence direct flights to Asmara in early 2014, and has plans to restore the ancient Turkish buildings in the port city of Massawa.
Turkey’s engagement with the Horn region is not limited to Eritrea. Ankara has been proactive in facilitating peace talks between Sudan and South Sudan, and spearheading efforts to stabilize Somalia through aid and development.
I met with H.E. Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Eritrea. #Asmara #Eritrea pic.twitter.com/NzGOuxP1yd
— Fırat Sunel (@firatsunel) November 12, 2013
I got my bicycle today to discover #Asmara
— Fırat Sunel (@firatsunel) November 6, 2013
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