Barbados and Turkey have promised to work on the existing bilateral relations as the impetus to opening up new avenues of cooperation between the two countries.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, and Special Representative to the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ambassador Ebru Gokdenizler, gave this undertaking yesterday during a courtesy call at the Ministry on Culloden Road.

The envoy said she is seeking Barbados??? support for her country???s candidature on the United Nations Security Council for the period 2015-2016. Turkey previously sat on the Council from 2009-2010.

In turn, Senator McClean said the issue would be discussed at the CARICOM level during a series of upcoming meetings designed to provide a coordinated response to the request.

Regarding strengthened bilateral ties, the Foreign Minister said: ??????We also want to work on our bilateral relations. We have had some discussions on a double taxation agreement [DTA] and we are still interested in that. We believe that the model that we use incorporates information exchange and we see the signing of a DTA as beneficial to both of us.???

The two officials also discussed tourism and its contribution to the respective economies and the feasibility of sharing best practices.
Barbados and Turkey established diplomatic ties in September 1972.

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