Caribbean governments support Turkey’s UN bid: EU minister
Saturday, May 03, 2014
HAVANA - Turkey's EU Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said Caribbean governments support Turkey’s candidacy for United Nations Security Council for the term 2015-16.
“Turkey has a positive image in Latin American and Caribbean countries. Especially they appreciate Turkey’s objective and pro-active stance during its non-permanent membership during 2009-10,” Cavusoglu told Anadolu Agency on Saturday following his visit to Mexico and Cuba.
Turkey is a candidate to one of the two non-permanent seats allocated to the Western European states at the Security Council. The elections for this term will be held during the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in 2014.
“During my visit, I requested their support for 2015-16 term and they will support our bid. That’s important for us,” Cavusoglu said.
The Turkish minister attended the Sixth Summit of the Association of Caribbean States in Mexico and held a number of high level talks with visiting ministers.
He said even Caribbean countries are aware of Turkey’s development cooperation efforts, particularly in the African continent. He added that Turkey and Caribbean states cooperate in health and infrastructure projects.
During his trip to Cuba, Cavusoglu said the communist Cuban government is in a reform process and plans create a free economic zone for foreign investment. “Cuban officials told me that they want Turkish firms to invest, especially tourism companies. We have a good relationship with the Cuban government. I advised them to reduce bureaucratic procedures and promote their projects in Turkey,” he said.
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