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Turkey to open office in Botswana

Turkey plans to open an embassy in Gaborone in the near future, says Ambassador Kaan Esener.

Mr Esener said the establishment of a Turkish Embassy in Botswana would strengthen the two countries' relations.

Mr Esener together with the Ambassador of Nepal, Mr Arun Dhital and the Thailand Ambassador, Mr Nonsiri Buranasiri paid a courtesy call on the Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi on behalf of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr Phandu Skelemani on May 20.

Mr Esener commended Botswana for her political stability, sound democracy and respect for human rights. 

He also called for Botswana’s support for Turkey in the Security Council.

In addition, Mr Esener said the renovation of Sir Seretse Khama International Airport was a welcome development, adding that they have an agreement thatsTurkish Airline should fly to all countries where they have an embassy.

For his part, the Ambassador of Thailand, Mr Buranasiri acknowledged that they could learn from Botswana on issues of good governance and tolerance.

He said Thailand and Botswana were resilient in the field of tourism and highlighted that many people were fond of Thailand because of itd hospitality, food and seafood.

Meanwhile, Nepal’s Ambassador, Mr Dhital noted that though they have limited relations with Botswana, they have been trying to establish relations through the African Union.

He said they look up to Botswana and hope to learn a lot from her.

For his part, Mr Masisi expressed gratitude towards the gesture made by the Turkish government, saying with the plan to relocate the diamond and trading centre from London to Gaborone, Turkish Airlines would make a difference.

He also appreciated the geophysical position Turkey was in and the geopolitical position that it adopts as well as the role they play in terms of maintenance of peace and international cooperation in their volatile region.

He said he admired the progress made, adding that the impact made could not go unnoticed. He also acknowledged Turkey for the scholarships offered to Botswana in 2008, adding that they intend to explore how those scholarships could be optimised. He further highlighted that they plan to have a mission in Turkey.

As for Thailand, Mr Masisi said he admired what it has done despite the challenges it faced such as the recent floods and tsunami.

Botswana, he said, admired how Thailand has dealt with HIV/AIDS, and that they would continue to learn from them.

Mr Masisi said he was impressed by Thailand’s fight against poverty, and would like to copy from them. ENDS