Ghana joins Turkey in celebrating 94th anniv

 Mrs Bayazit (left) being assisted by Ms Akuffo to cut the anniversary cake

Mrs Bayazit (left) being assisted by Ms Akuffo to cut the anniversary cake

Ghana on Monday joined the people of Turkey to celebrate the 94th anniversary of that country’s attainment of republican status.

The celebration marked the important milestone in the history of Turkey when it achieved republican status in 1923.

The event was attended by ministers of state, Members of Parliament, religious leaders, members of the diplomatic corps as well as select media personnel.

Welcoming the guests, the Turkey Ambassador to Ghana, Mrs. Nesrin Bayazit, said her country would continue to safeguard its citizens against any form of oppression.

She said Turkey would not countenance acts of terrorism by groups and organisations.

Mrs. Bayazit said the government of Turkey has resolve to serve the interest of the country, citing reforms in health, trade and investment, foreign policy, democracy and freedom in the past fifteen years.

She noted that establishment of friendship between Ghana and Turkey dates back to 1958, and hoped that the government of Ghana would observe the 60th anniversary celebration of the relations in 2018, by visiting her country.

Mrs. Bayazit said Turkey had supported Ghana in the areas of electricity, expansion of the Kotoka International Airport, water treatment projects in Akim Oda, Akwatia and Winneba, being funded by the Turkish Exim bank.

Other projects include the construction of a national mosque off the Kanda highway.

Mrs. Bayazit said the Turkish government would support the One District, One Factory, Planting for Food and Jobs and One Village One Dam, initiated by the government of Ghana, to create jobs for the people.

On education, she said Ghanaian students continued to receive scholarships to study in Turkish universities, while others received vocational and technical training.

Mrs. Bayazit stated that trade between the two countries was expected to increase from $480 million to $ 1 billion in 2020.

She said Ghana’s stable political climate continued to attract more Turkish companies, which invested in construction, energy, manufacturing and services.

The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General, Mrs. Gloria Akuffo, said Ghana considered Turkey a dependable partner.

She said the long standing relationship between Ghana and Turkey had brought many fruitful results for the two countries.

Mrs. Akuffo thanked the Turkish government for donating 30 buses to the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, to facilitate its operations.

She noted that the scourge of terrorism on civilian populations across the globe, was a threat to human existence.

Mrs. Akuffo said the failed coup in Turkey on July 15, 2016, as well as the recent bomb attack in Mogadishu, Somalia, and other terrorist activities should be addressed through concerted efforts and cooperation of the international community.

She urged the strengthening of the bond of friendship between Ghana and Turkey to the benefit of their citizens.

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