Turkey opens an embassy in Lomé

Wednesday, 07 April 2021 15:57
Turkey opens an embassy in Lomé

(Togo First) - As announced nine months ago, Turkey has officially opened its embassy in Lomé. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan appointed Esra Demir as his first ambassador in Togo. 

The news was confirmed by Robert Dussey, the Togolese minister of foreign affairs.  "I have received a copy of the credentials of Mrs. Esra Demir, the first Ambassador of Turkey to Togo,” Dussey reported. 

Turkey thus concretizes its ambition to make Togo its top partner in the subregion. This is in a context where Erdogan’s nation is strengthening cooperation with the West African country. 

Indeed, in July 2020, the two countries signed three cooperation agreements during a visit of the Turkish minister of affairs, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. These agreements were a memorandum of understanding to set up a mechanism for political consultations, a visa exemption deal for diplomatic passport holders, and another memorandum of understanding on cooperation between the Togolese ministry of foreign affairs and the diplomatic academy of Turkey. 

Turkey also announced it planned to increase its investments in Togo and seal new partnerships with Lomé, in the mining, textile industry, infrastructure, and energy, in line with the National Development Plan (PND 2018-2022). 

Séna Akoda

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