Ukrainian-Turkish friendship is based on a solid foundation – countries celebrate the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations
President Petro Poroshenko conveyed greetings to President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Turkey.
According to the Head of State, a strong foundation of Ukraine-Turkey interaction is friendly relations between the two nations that have lasted many centuries. Ukrainian highly appreciate the fact that Turkey has been one of the first countries to recognize state independence of Ukraine after the referendum in December 1991.
“Over the past two and a half decades bilateral relations between our countries have acquired strategic dimension and depth, particularly due to your personal efforts and political will. Turkey has demonstrated its commitment to the basic principles of international law and solidarity with Ukraine in practice by condemning the Russian occupation of Crimea and the attempt to annex a part of the Ukrainian sovereign territory. In this context, I would like to emphasize that the guarantee of peace in the Black Sea region is a common and vitally important task of Ukraine and Turkey,” the President noted.
According to the Head of State, one of the key components of Ukraine-Turkey bilateral relations is trade-economic cooperation, which can be further expanded by the signature of the FTA Agreement. Given the positive experience of interaction and trust, the two countries have switched to the implementation of concrete projects in several strategically important industries, particularly in the military-industrial complex. Creation of proper conditions for the activity of Turkish enterprises and investors in Ukraine will also be continued.
“It is crucially important that in the framework of the consistent policy of good neighborhood and partnership, we have significantly broadened interpersonal contacts between Ukraine and Turkey. A historic decision to introduce the visa-free regime between our countries has facilitated that greatly,” the Head of State stressed.
The President wished a strong health and success in state activities to the Turkish President and peace and prosperity to the friendly Turkish nation.
In his turn, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan noted that since Ukraine’s independence, relations between the two countries had been developed significantly based on friendship of the two nations. And in 2011 they have entered the level of strategic partnership.
“Challenges of regional and international levels have once again proved that the Ukrainian-Turkish friendship is based on a solid foundation and our cooperation has been enhanced in every sphere,” the President stressed.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan emphasized: “Without any doubt, our wonderful relations with friendly Ukraine will be further developed in the nearest future. Turkey will definitely support the solution of problems in the region on the basis of preservation of territorial integrity and sovereignty of our strategic partner Ukraine”. The Turkish President is hopeful that his visit to Ukraine planned for the coming months will provide a new impetus to our relations.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wished the President of Ukraine health and happiness. He also wished welfare and prosperity to the friendly Ukrainian people.