18 April 2014, Friday
Today's Zaman

Turkey, Brunei to open embassies in each other’s capitals

10 April 2012, Tuesday /TODAY’S ZAMAN
Turkey and Brunei have decided to open embassies in each other’s capitals to further develop bilateral ties, leaders of the both countries announced on Tuesday.

President Abdullah Gül hosted Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, who has been on a four-day official visit to Turkey, at the Çankaya palace on Tuesday.

Gül and Bolkiah held a news conference at the palace after a meeting between their delegations.

“We are very pleased to announce that permanent representative offices will be opened in both countries, in their capitals. We have made this decision,” said Gül.

The president also said Turkey and Brunei have signed agreements for economic, commercial and technical cooperation in addition to removal of visa requirements between the two countries.

Gül also voiced his wish that the Brunei Investment Agency (BIA) will begin investing in Turkey.

“Brunei is a rich country, and it is not possible for it to use of all its wealth in Brunei alone. So, it uses its wealth to make investments abroad. The BIA has many important investments in many countries. We believe that they will put Turkey on the list of countries in which to make investments,” he said.

A small island with a population of roughly 400,000, Brunei is a prosperous country as it enjoys a huge income from oil. Bolkiah is one of the richest politicians in the world in terms of personal income. Brunei citizens enjoy free services in education and medicine as well as being free of income tax.

For his part, Bolkiah said embassies to be opened in both countries will help develop bilateral cooperation between Turkey and Brunei further, adding his appreciation for Turkey’s hospitality during his visit.

“We follow and greatly appreciate Turkey’s development in all fields. We hope that you will share your deep experience and knowledge of development with our people. I offer my thanks to the esteemed president for inviting me to Turkey and giving me the chance to see Turkey’s historical and religious wealth. I hope that we will show the same kind of perfect hospitality to you when you visit our sultanate,” said Bolkiah.

DIPLOMACY  Other Titles
KKTC pushing for Cyprus deal before end of this year
MEPs question EU Commission over EU funds to Turkey
Greece rejects extradition of leading DHKP/C member
Pro-gov't dailies report conflicting news on leaked audio on Syria
US warns against damage to ties over recurring media claims
KRG's Barzani visits Ankara for talks with Erdoğan
Villagers file suit against ministry over stray bullets from Syria
Chief ombudsman laments low implementation of KDK recommendations
Turkey says deeply concerned over events in Ukraine
Chinese deputy foreign minister in Ankara for inter-delegation meeting
‘Turkey will not remain silent over 'genocide resolution' if adopted’
Russia welcomes Turkey's assurances on observance of Montreux terms
Poland: NATO should send troops to east Europe, ignore Russia's objections
US looks to Turkey to uphold checks and balances
Dubai may be a hub for Turkey and Iran's illicit transactions
US House Speaker meets senior Turkish officials in Ankara
EU Minister Çavuşoğlu says Füle's comments on Turkey ‘balanced'
US Ambassador Ricciardone has talks with AK Party officials
Turkey's honorary consuls meet to discuss foreign policy
Iran to build cultural center in the heart of İstanbul
Loğoğlu: No Turkish institution in US works against Turkey
Erdoğan will further polarize Turkey as presidential election approaches
European Union concerned about rule of law in Turkey
Turkey seeks to restore dialogue with Serbia with FM's visit
Turkish Rights groups slam Egypt over execution ruling