Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (R) in discussion with Special Envoy of Turkey’s Prime Minister, Ebru Gökdenizler. (A. Miller/BGIS)
By Sharon Austin
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados has been asked to support Turkey’s candidacy for a seat on the United Nations Security Council for 2015-2016.
This request came recently from Ebru Gökdenizler, the Special Envoy of Turkey’s Prime Minister, as she paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, and delivered a letter from her Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Gökdenizler, who is on a mission to gather support for her country’s candidature, said Turkey had served on the Security Council during the period 2009-2010 and it had received Barbados’ support.
“We did a very good job on the Security Council… and we want your valuable assistance as we did in the past. We hope we can serve and be an asset for global peace,” she stated.
Stuart said that Turkey was doing much to contribute to world peace and development, and promised that Barbados would consult with its Caribbean Community (CARICOM) partners regarding Turkey’s bid for a seat on the Security Council. He pointed out that, ordinarily, CARICOM member states try, as far as possible, to act collaboratively on matters of foreign policy.
Barbados’ diplomatic relationship with Turkey dates back to 1972 and the prime minister said it was one this country values highly, and wants to deepen.
Gökdenizler disclosed that Turkey’s ambassador to Barbados would be visiting soon to present her credentials and to hold discussions with officials on how to strengthen relations between the two countries.