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Turkey: Turkish envoy conferred Friendship Medal of Diplomacy

Turkey: Turkish envoy conferred Friendship Medal of Diplomacy

The Turkish representative to Taiwan was conferred the Friendship Medal of Diplomacy yesterday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) .

Muzaffer Eroktem, outgoing representative of the Turkish Trade Office in Taipei, accepted the medal from Foreign Minister Timothy C.T. Yang in recognition of his efforts in promoting the two countries' bilateral relations.

The minister praised Eroktem particularly for pushing for trade cooperation between Taiwan and Turkey, which do not have diplomatic relations. As of July, bilateral trade rose by 62 percent year on year, with the total expected to reach US$1.5 billion for 2010, Yang added.

Asked about Taiwan's intention to set up a representative office in Istanbul, Eroktem said it has not been decided, but "is not impossible." The plan will ultimately be carried out and should not take too long, he added.



Updated : 2020-12-04 15:36 GMT+08:00