Maduro, Erdogan vow closer Ankara-Caracas cooperation

ANKARA (Web Desk) The Turkish and Venezuelan leaders say Caracas and Ankara are moving to deepen bilateral cooperation, stressing that the two countries seek a new era in their ties in a “different, multi-polar world.Following talks in Ankara on Friday,Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said in a joint statement with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said the two nations “want to open a new era in relations.We believe in a different kind of world. We believe in a better world. This is not just possible, it’s necessary,

He said.We want to sketch out a new era for the world. A multi-polar world where everyone can find their place.Erdogan also censured foreign intervention in South America during the rare visit to the country by his Venezuelan opposite number.I believe there is no force above that of the will of the people and we think that most of the time, foreign interventions deepen the problems,” Erdogan said following talks with Maduro, expressing optimism that the Latin American nation will soon overcome its current “

Difficult period” with “ease, dialogue and compromise.Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan walk past honor guard during an official welcome ceremony, at the Presidential Complex in Ankara, on October 6, 2017.Maduro’s visit to Turkey, the first by a Venezuelan head of state, came amid rigorous sanctions on the oil-rich country by the administration of US President Donald Trump, who vowed in August that he would not rule out military action against Venezuela in response to the nation’s political crisis.

During the state visit, Ankara and Caracas also signed five agreements for cooperation on air travel, tourism, culture, agriculture, and international crime.The two leaders further discussed ways to boost economic and energy ties and also explored opportunities for cooperation in military industries, Erdogan told reporters after his talks with visiting Maduro.The Turkish president added that at the request of his Venezuelan counterpart, Ankara will also construct a mosque as well as a cultural center in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas.

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