Local News Update: Tunca Özçuhadar, Turkey’s ambassador in Sri Lanka, yesterday made a farewell call to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees. The Prime Minister emphasized the two countries ‘ long-standing bilateral relationships.
Turkey was one of the first countries after independence to develop diplomatic relations with Sri Lanka. The two countries have set up embassies during the tenure of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa as president: in Ankara in 2012 and in Colombo in 2013.
The Ambassador noted that in international forums, Sri Lanka and Turkey have always supported each other, and there is scope for enhancing economic cooperation. Ambassador Özçuhadar, as a parting offer, requested the assistance of the Prime Minister to finalize several agreements that have been pending for several years.
Prime Minister Rajapaksa was also interested in increasing the number of Turkish tourists visiting Sri Lanka in the coming years. There were just over 4,000 tourist arrivals from Turkey in 2018.