Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza arrived in the Republic of Turkey on Thursday, June 17, to participate in the Antalya Diplomatic Forum (ADF) and develop a high-level agenda. This was reported by the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry through its Twitter account.
The top Venezuelan diplomat was received by Turkish ambassador Deha Erpek upon arriving in Turkey, the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry reported.
#EnFotos 📸 | Canciller @jaarreaza es recibido por el Embajador @DehaErpek, al arribar a la República de Turquía 🇹🇷, donde participará en el Foro Diplomático de Antalya y desarrollará una agenda de Alto Nivel en el marco de su Visita Oficial.#PuebloDefensorDeLaPatria pic.twitter.com/Al6iH3jq5R
— Cancillería Venezuela 🇻🇪 (@CancilleriaVE) June 17, 2021
Turkey has been one of the countries, along with Russia and Iran, that has provided the greatest diplomatic support to Venezuela amid the brutal economic siege, blockade, and sanctions launched by the United States and its European “allies.”
In August 2020, a total of seven bilateral cooperation agreements were signed during the visit of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu to Venezuela. Education, health, housing construction, teaching, research and culture, were among the areas strengthened by the agreements.
On that occasion, both governments signed a Joint Declaration that set out a new step towards the consolidation of a Turkish-Venezuelan strategic alliance.
🇹🇷 El Canciller @jaarreaza es recibido por el Embajador de Turquía @DehaErpek, donde participará en el Foro Diplomático de Antalya y desarrollará una agenda de Alto Nivel en el marco de su Visita Oficial#PuebloDefensorDeLaPatria pic.twitter.com/tz5qmDflio
— agropetrolerosvzla (@agropetroleros_) June 17, 2021
What is the ADF?
The Foreign Ministers Conference of the Antalya Diplomatic Forum (ADF) will be held from June 18 to 20, Cavuşoglu reported at a press conference with international media.
“Through the ADF we aim to strengthen our influence in diplomacy, on the ground and in public opinion,” he said.
He also reported that “the heads of state and government of eight countries will attend the summit, and foreign ministers of nine nations. Other countries will have representation at various levels. The EU’s High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, will participate as a ‘host country guest.’”
During Turkey’s presidency at the ADF, the minister announced, more than 40 activities have been organized on topics including energy, women’s empowerment, the fight against organized crime, agriculture, migration management, and employment.
There remains a possibility that Borrell and Arreaza will meet this Friday.
Featured image: Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister, Jorge Arreaza being greeted by Turkish ambassador Deha Erpek upon his arrival to Turkey. Photo courtesy of MPPRE.
(RedRadioVE) by Daniela Jimenez
Translation: Orinoco Tribune