Wednesday, December 12, 2018
News Code : 354218 | Publish Date :2018/12/4 - 18:00 | Category: FORUM

Erdoğan praises Maduro for building bridge with Islamic world
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday praised his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro for attending attending the extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Jerusalem in May, noting his efforts in building a bridge with the Islamic world at a time of heightened Islamophobia were invaluable, Haberler news site reported.

Hawzah News Agency - Eroğan’s statements arrived during a joint press conference in Caracas, where the Turkish president arrived late Sunday as part of his official tour of Latin America.

"I am aware that Venezueal's strong solidarity with the oppressed and victimised disturbed certain circles,'' Erdoğan said, stressing that Turkey has the means to meet the needs of Venezuela, where hyperinflation, power cuts, and food and medicine shortages are driving millions out of the country.

Erdoğan and Maduro on Monday attended the Turkey-Venezuela Business Forum, where the pair signed several deals which was followed by a joint news conference.

"We are making efforts to diversify and deepen cooperation with Venezuela in every field through a win-win understanding," Erdogan said, while speaking at the forum.

The Turkish president said the trade volume between the two countries has exceeded $1 billion in the first nine months of 2018.

The visit by Turkey’s strongman arrives on the heels of the two-day G20 summit in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires on Friday and Saturday.

During the conference Erdoğan described the assassination attempt on President Nicolas Maduro in August as 'dastardly attack' on Venezuelan people's will for independence.

Explosive drones went off as Maduro delivered a speech in Caracas on Aug. 5. Maduro blamed the far-right wing factions for the attack, linking the perpetrators to Colombia and the United States.

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