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Turkey to support several projects in Grenada
Published on August 1, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Turkish Ambassador Aydin Evirgen (L) meets with Grenada Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (GIS) -- Prime minister of Grenada, Dr Keith Mitchell, in receiving the ambassador of Turkey to the Caribbean early on Wednesday, was given some welcome news of aid packages for Grenada.

Ambassador Aydin Evirgen, who was recently appointed to the region at the same time that a Turkish embassy was opened in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, conveyed to the Grenadian prime minister that Turkey, through its International Development Agency, has committed to support six projects in Grenada.

The projects include several very “urgent and necessary” fire trucks and an ambulance, to aid in the event of any disaster. Turkey has also pledged to fully furnish, or outfit five schools in Grenada; provide tractors to aid in agricultural development; and provide equipment for electrical testing and installation. Specific local initiatives in information communication technology and tourism will also be supported by Turkey.

With regard to foreign affairs, Turkey has offered to establish with Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries, and fully fund for five years, a joint embassy that will advance both regions’ interests. Turkey is also looking to appoint an honorary consul in Grenada.

Turkey has already signed a protocol agreement with CARICOM to establish a joint business council that will advance tourism and investments for the region.

According to Evirgen, his nation, which will assume the upcoming residency of the G-20, wants “to fully develop cooperation with Caribbean countries, and to represent CARICOM’s interests on the G-20.”

Mitchell thanked Turkey, through its ambassador, for all of the support offered, particularly for the fire trucks, which the prime minister deems crucial to the ability to mitigate disasters. Mitchell also conveyed his desire to work along with his CARICOM counterparts in enhancing relationships with Turkey.

Turkey, vying for a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council this year, has been campaigning for CARICOM’s support.
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Its welcome news that Turkey has seen it fit to assist Grenada with a few projects. My concern though is why is it that countries including Japan seems to want to entice small developing countries with tokens so that they can get their vote at the united nations. This to me is gross disrespect and amounts to political privacy. Its time for small developing countries to stand up for principle.

These countries are clever since their usually chose countries and leaders that they deem vulnerable.

Unilateral assistance should be unconditional. No attempt to bribe or entice government officials.


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