Thursday, January 18, 2018

Turkey to establish embassy in T&T

 TURKEY will soon establish an embassy in Trinidad and Tobago, which is expected to service the entire Caricom region.

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Dookeran made the announcement last week following the first Caricom-Turkey Consultation and Cooperation meeting, from July 18-20 in Istanbul, Turkey.

According to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, “At the meeting, Minister Dookeran spoke on the issue of the advocacy of Turkey on behalf of the Caribbean Community at the G20, of which Turkey is a member and assumes chairmanship of that group in 2015”.

While in Ankara, Dookeran “urged Turkey to use (the upcoming G20 summit) to advocate the Caricom position in respect of issues on its agenda, particularly the notion of “graduation”, which would effectively curtail access to financing for countries of the region if the old formula of per capita based assessment is utilised.

The ministry added: “Minister Dookeran further made reference to international financial rule-making, pointing out that small economies willing to comply with financial rules must also be participants in the determination of those rules.”

Dookeran also thanked Turkey for pledging its support for Trinidad and Tobago’s bid to host the Secretariat of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in Port of Spain.