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Turkey planning to open embassies in Rwanda&Burundi

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By Robert Mugabe and agencies

rmugabe@greatlakesvoice.com

After Turkey had opened 14 new embassies in Africa in the last 2 years, where two of which were in the East African Community, Rwanda and Burundi are on the agenda. The Great Lakes Voice reports

The current new turkey embassies in EAC are in Dar es Salaam and Kampala respectively. According to Turkey’s ambassador in Tanzania, Dr. Sander Gurbuz, Rwanda and Burundi were on the list of countries where new embassies are to be opened.

“Our interests in EAC, is not selling but investing in agriculture, infrastructure, mining… so that we have a win-win situation for both parties….as jobs for locals will be created and exports enhanced,” Dr. Gurbuz said.

Dr. Sander Gurbuz, announced during 22 June talks with the Secretary General of the East African Community, Dr. Richard Sezibera. The Ambassador disclosed that Turkey recently played a key role in evacuating 25 Rwandese students who were stranded in Tripoli, Libya following the political unrest in that country.

Further talks also were centred on prospects for up scaling the Turkish-EAC economic relations. The Turkish envoy also disclosed that because of the growing interests and trade between Turkey and the EAC, there were direct flights by Turkish Airline to Dar es Salaam, Nairobi and Entebbe International Airports.

The Turkish Ambassador congratulated Dr. Sezibera for assuming the challenging role of steering the EAC integration process in the next five years.

Dr. Sezibera invited the Turkish envoy to the forthcoming Tripartite and Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Infrastructure Investment Conference to be held in Nairobi, Kenya on September 29 and 30, 2011 at which priority projects for road transport corridors will be presented as well as the maritime corridors.

“Turkish international schools have also been established in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania with over 10,000 local students; on top of that we are also offering scholarships to students in the EAC Partner States to pursue further education in Turkey,” asserted Dr. Sander Gurbuz.

Dr. Gurbuz , said that his country’s policy towards the EAC and Africa in general is The Ambassador disclosed that the embassy was in advanced discussions with the East African Business Council to hold an EAC-Turkey Business Forum expected to take place first in Istanbul and later within the EAC before the end of this year.

The Turkish Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Dr. Sander Gurbuz was the fourth ambassador to present a letter of accreditation to the EAC, on 22 June 2010 out of the current 19 envoys so far accredited to the regional bloc.

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