Turkish FM visits Venezuela to strengthen ties

Turkish FM visits Venezuela to strengthen ties

CARACAS- Anadolu Agency
Turkish FM visits Venezuela to strengthen ties

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu arrived in Venezuela early on Aug. 18, where he met with high-level officials to consolidate strategic commitments 70 years after diplomatic ties were established between Caracas and Ankara.

“On the 70th anniversary of our diplomatic relations, we are in Venezuela to evaluate our cooperation and sign agreements,” Çavuşoğlu wrote on his Twitter account.

The two nations signed an agreement that will allow for the construction of housing and a hospital, as well as the delivery of supplies to cope with the outbreak of the coronavirus in the South American country, where cases exceed 34,000.

After Çavuşoğlu’s arrival, he held meetings with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, Vice President Delcy Rodriguez and President Nicolas Maduro.

Arreaza welcomed Çavuşoğlu at Maiquetía International Airport and acknowledged Turkey's "humanitarian cooperation" in the midst of the pandemic by delivering aid to the once oil-rich country, hit by hyperinflation, a precarious health system and badly affected by rigid economic sanctions imposed by the U.S.

"We are going to review economic and health issues," said Arreaza, indicating that the visit will strengthen relations between the two countries.

Çavuşoğlu also brought a number of PCR tests to detect COVID-19.

"We are friends, and we are assisting each other in difficult times,” he said. "We are friends of Venezuela in good times and in bad.”

The minister held bilateral talks with the Venezuelan president later during the day.