GHANA, TURKEY DEEPEN RELATIONS

GHANA and Turkey yesterday deepened relations with the signing of several bilateral agreements in Accra.

In the presence of President John Dramani Mahama and his guest, the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogàn, the bilateral agreements on agriculture, sports, communication and energy were a sign as one of the high point of the two-day visit of the Turkish President.

No doubt the visit of President Erdogàn marks another milestone in the Ghana Turkey relation after the two governments took the decision to re-establish relations in 2010, by opening embassies in their various countries.

It was followed by an official visit by the then President Abdul Gãl, on March 23-24, 2011, which culminated in the intensification of relations between the two countries.

Since then, the two countries have deepened relations in various areas and sectors such as with Ghana’s Parliament and the establishment of direct flights by Turkish Airlines between Istanbul and Accra.

Significantly, on his official visit to Ghana in 2011, the President of Turkey addressed the Parliament of Ghana in the first ever by a Turkish president to a Parliament in sub-Saharan African country.

The visit by President Erdogàn, coincidentally is taking place in the same month and President Gãl and he also addressed Parliament as part of his visit to Ghana.

Perhaps, the most significant event of the latest visit which is expected to enhance economic, social and commercial ties between the two countries is the sod-cutting for the commencement of work on Terminal 3 at the Kotoka International Airport.

The terminal is being funded by the Turkish government and expected to handle five million passengers a year.

It is also expected to process 1,250 passengers per hour and equipped with ultra-modern facilities.

This singular project would perhaps go down in history as the most impactful project in the bilateral relations with Turkey.

The two leaders, no doubt, would discuss a wide range of issues including security and terrorism, but should emphasise on the long term benefits to the two countries.

It is important that the two countries work together to strengthen their institutions and encourage them to co-operate to intensify the relationship.

The Times congratulates the two countries and hope that they would work toward sustaining and moving the relationship to greater heights.

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