Turkey: We aspire to raise trade exchange with Sri Lanka to $500 million

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu affirmed his country’s keenness to develop relations with Sri Lanka and raise the volume of trade exchange with it to $500 million.

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This came in an article he wrote for the Sri Lankan press on the occasion of his Friday visit to this country.

He stressed that it is time to work to gain the bilateral relations a new impetus.

Çavuşoğlu noted that Turkey seeks to develop a win-win partnership with Sri Lanka.

He explained that the volume of trade exchange between the two countries amounted to $175 million last year.

He stressed the need to focus efforts to raise the volume of trade exchange to $500 million.

This is the goal that was set during the meeting of the Joint Economic Committee in June 2021.

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Çavuşoğlu pointed out that Turkey has been providing scholarships to Sri Lankan students in its universities since 1992, and also pointed out that it has provided medical aid to this country during the Corona pandemic.

He stated that Turkish Airlines operates 11 flights a week between Istanbul and the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, and that it did not stop commercial cargo flights to this country during the pandemic.