Ankara, 8 June 2022 (TDI): The Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, is on a visit to Turkey to enhance bilateral cooperation and ties.

He is set to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his Eurasian tour, along with other government officials.

A Turkish President’s office released a statement saying that both governments would review various areas of bilateral relations. Moreover, they will evaluate the steps they plan to take to develop cooperation.

Maduro said, “It fills me with joy to start this international tour in the lands of the sister Turkish nation.”

In a statement released on twitter, he further expressed that “I am grateful for the warm welcome and the affection shown to us. I am sure that we will consolidate the ties of union and cooperation between our peoples.”

Both Venezuela and Turkey espouse and share a pluricentric and multipolar vision of the international order.

Previously, President Nicolas Maduro visited Turkey in 2017. During that visit, they held the Second Meeting of the Joint Cooperation Commission under the co-chairmanship of Foreign Ministers.

Moreover, they also held Turkey-Venezuela Business Forum and the Venezuelan Export Products Exhibition during that visit.

Furthermore, President Erdogan also visited Venezuela in 2018. The Turkish government supported Nicolas Maduro during the Venezuelan Presidential Crisis.

Venezuela-Turkey Relations

Venezuela and Turkey established diplomatic relations in 1950.

However, bilateral relations truly developed into a working partnership and friendship only in the second decade of the 21st century.

Before 2011, relations were limited due to geographical distance, cultural differences, and divergent economic and political interests.

Ministerial and mutual high-level visits have played an important role in the two countries’ bilateral relations.

Earlier this year in April, the Foreign Minister of Turkey, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, visited Venezuela on his Latin America tour.

They signed eight new cooperation agreements as part of the final declaration of the third Joint Cooperation Commission between both nations held in Caracas.

Presently, the two countries maintain more than 20 agreements in the areas of sports, industry, entrepreneurship, education, health, and investment.

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