PHL, Turkey strengthening ties in defense, trade, culture, education

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. met with his Turkish counterpart, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on the sidelines of the 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM), Post Ministerial Conferences (PMCs) and Related Meetings today, July 20 in Bangkok, Thailand.

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According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the two officials discussed ways to strengthen cooperation between the Philippines and Turkey in various fields such as defense, trade and investments, culture, and education.

“The Ministers noted that 2019 marks the 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Philippines and Turkey. Both countries are holding a series of activities in Manila and Ankara to celebrate this important milestone,” DFA said in a statement.

Secretary Locsin thanked Minister Çavuşoğlu for Turkey’s commitment and support for the Mindanao Peace Process.

“Turkey serves as the Chair of the Independent Decommissioning Body (IDB) under the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Peace Framework. The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) is also active in Mindanao with its various development projects and activities,” DFA said.

“The two officials further discussed Turkey’s engagement with ASEAN as a sectoral dialogue partner. Turkey’s partnership with ASEAN was confirmed during the Philippines’ Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2017,” DFA added.