UK and Turkey working together in Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. A small country in terms of population (5.2 million), its importance, both commercially and politically, lies in the fact that it has the fourth largest reserves of gas in the world, including the second largest single deposit of 21tcm.

Turkmenistan’s hydrocarbon wealth has allowed the Government to undertake a massive development programme which is transforming the major cities of Ashgabat (the capital), Turkmenbashi (the port on the Caspian Sea), and the creation of a new tourist resort, Avaza, on the Caspian Sea. It is this infrastructure development programme, together with the continuing development of gas fields and a wide range of services, as well as the need to educate and train the Turkmen people, which provide the opportunity for UK companies. The Government has prioritised the development of sporting facilities, including the construction of an “Olympics” complex in Ashgabat, which will host the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in 2017.

Turkish contractors have been at the forefront of all major infrastructure projects and have undertaken projects worth $30 billion since independence in 1991. $3billion worth of projects alone has been signed since the beginning of 2012, making Turkmenistan the largest export market for Turkish contractors. Turkish contractors are very keen to expand their links with UK companies, particularly those in all sectors of consultancy, management and project finance, together with UK goods and equipment companies. UK Export Finance can normally arrange export credit finance to support UK suppliers working for Turkish companies in Turkmenistan.

This seminar will give you the chance to hear from Turkish contractors about their requirements in Turkmenistan and their wider interests in Central Asia, as well as giving you an opportunity to showcase your company.

Source: British Expertise

Foreign Minister Davutoğlu delivered a lecture on Turkish foreign policy at Ditchley Foundation in the UK.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Mr. Ahmet Davutoğlu delivered a lecture entitled “Changing Turkish Foreign Policy in Changing World” at the annual meeting of Ditchley Foundation which is one of the prominent think-tank institutions of the United Kingdom. A distinguished group of politicians, academics, representatives of think-thanks, journalists and diplomats participated in the meeting.

At his lecture Foreign Minister Davutoğlu stated that new elements of changing Turkish foreign policy in a changing world are security-freedom balance and efficient cooperation/partnership with adjacent regions and countries. Foreign Minister Davutoğlu expressed that Turkey is today pursuing an active foreign policy in every adjacent region and country from Afghanistan to Somalia. He said that Turkey became a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the first time after 50 years in 2009-10 periods and announced once again its candidacy for non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council for the period 2015-2016. He also underlined the similarities between the agenda items of the UN Security Council and the the issues of Turkish foreign policy.

Expressing that Turkey has been following a principled stance on Arab Spring from the very beginning and is supporting legitimate aspirations of the peoples of those countries, Foreign Minister Davutoğlu emphasized that in the same respect, Turkey will continue to stand by the Syrian people.

Source: Turkish Foreign Affairs Office

Hague Meets Foreign Minister Davutoğlu

William Hague met Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoğlu and discussed bilateral relations and regional security issues.

The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, welcomed Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Professor Ahmet Davutoğlu to the UK during a meeting following the Friends of Yemen conference on 7th March. They enjoyed constructive and wide-ranging talks on the situation in the Middle East, Somalia and Cyprus.

The UK and Turkey continue to enjoy a deepening bilateral relationship, enhancing co-operation on a number of issues, including foreign policy, trade and EU accession. Turkey is a close ally on the Syrian conflict and is at the forefront of efforts to assist refugees and the Syrian opposition. The Foreign Secretary and Foreign Minister Davutoğlu discussed increasing support for the Syrian coalition, closer work on security sector reform in Somalia, the search for peace in the Middle East, and renewing efforts for a Cyprus settlement.

Source: UK Government

Photo: Anadolu Ajans

Turkish FM meets with British counterpart, Syria tops agenda

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, who is in the UK on an official visit, met with his British counterpart, William Hague, in London on Monday.

The two foreign ministers exchanged views over the latest developments in Syria, the Middle East peace process, the situation in Iraq and Egypt.

Both Turkey and the UK are staunch backers of the Syrian opposition and endorse robust action by the international community. The UK pushed for lifting the arms embargo in the EU and stepped up its unilateral efforts to provide aid for the Syrian opposition forces.

Diplomatic sources said Hague had invited Davutoğlu to a May conference meeting on Somalia in London.

Foreign Minister Davutoğlu was in London to participate in a meeting of the Friends of Yemen Group.

Turkish diplomatic sources said Davutoğlu offered during the meeting Turkey as the venue for an international investment conference for Yemen following the country’s general elections.

Davutoğlu also said in the meeting that Turkey has pledged to donate $200,000 to support the transition process in Yemen.

Source: Today’s Zaman

Photo: Anadolu Ajansi, Hakan Tepe