H.E. Kemal Demirciler, Ambassador(Turkey) speaks to Gulf Insider

H.E. Kemal Demirciler, Ambassador of Turkey
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Turkey and Bahrain enjoy friendly relations for so many years. On 23 August 1971, the Republic of Turkey recognized the State of Bahrain by having acknowledged her proclamation of independence. 

His Majesty King Hamad was one of the leaders who visited Turkey in order to show solidarity with the Turkish Government after the failed coup d’etat of 2016, which was orchestrated by the members of a terrorist group, called FETÖ. The President of the Republic of Turkey H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan reciprocated His Majesty’s visit in February 2017. 

Turkey mainly imports aluminium and petrochemicals from Bahrain and exports electrical and mechanical spare parts, foodstuffs, textiles and garments as well as tobacco products. Turkey’s export is $ 336,1 million and import is $241,9 million; totalling to $ 578 million in 2018. The first 9 months’ turnover reached $ 356.3 million this year. I believe that these figures do not reflect the real potential and can be improved. For this end, a delegation consisting of the members of the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM) visited Bahrain on 3-4 November 2019 to have business-to-business meetings with their Bahraini counterparts. 

Turkish contracting firms are proud to have contributed to the Bahraini economy. Turkish firm GAMA completed its contract within the commissioning of Line 6 of ALBA. Another Turkish contracting firm TAV, in conjunction with its partner ArabTec, has been in the last phase of the modernization of the Bahrain International Airport. 

Turkish universities offer different degrees to international students both in Turkish and English language. Bahraini students are welcome to choose suitable undergraduate and graduate programmes among 130 state run and 73 private Turkish universities. 

Turkey is one of the preferred destinations by Bahraini tourists. Number of Bahrainis visiting Turkey is on the rise:  59.442 in 2017; 77.075 in 2018; 73.087 in the first nine months of 2019. 

Bahrain will celebrate the 48th anniversary of its independence in December. We wish all the best to His Majesty King Hamad, and to HRH Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, as well as to HRH Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa. Turkey believes that Bahrain will continue to enjoy prosperity and democracy under the able leadership of His Majesty King Hamad in the years to come. 



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