Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean and the new Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey, Nihat Akyol, chat during his courtesy call at the Ministry.
Barbados and the Republic of Turkey are looking to cooperate in the area of tourism.
This was disclosed today during a courtesy call between this country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, and new Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey, Nihat Akyol.
Stating that the two countries were not competitors, Ambassador Akyol said his Ministry of Tourism could work closely with Barbados in this area and both states could “provide support to each other”.
Noting that Barbados was “actively exploring non-traditional markets for its tourism product”, Senator McClean agreed that Turkey would be an ideal source for tourism.
The two officials also discussed Turkey’s commitment to the CARICOM Development Fund, its development of a deeper relationship with CARICOM, and that country’s willingness to have observer status on the Caribbean Sea Commission.
Barbados and the Republic of Turkey established diplomatic relations in September 1972.