Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, at the head of a high power Government delegation, is in the Turkish City of Istanbul to participate in the World Humanitarian Summit convening today, May 23 to 24th, 2016.
En route to the Summit, Vice President Boakai made a stopover in the Accra, Ghana where he was hosted by the Turkish Ambassador to Liberia, with residence in Accra, Her Excellency Nesrin Bayazit. During a dinner tendered in honor of Vice President Boakai, Ambassador Bayazit recounted the cordial ties subsisting between Liberia and Turkey and spoke of the opportunities that abound in the fields of power generation, education, social affairs among others. A dispatch from Instanbul also quoted Ambassador Bayazit as mentioning the possibility of a joint-economic commission for the two countries to look into the opportunities for investment and areas of business that could be of benefit to the two nations, with specific emphasis on electricity, saying, ‘we could look into power generation opportunities.”
According to the dispatch from the Vice President’s Press Secretary, Attorney George Saah, She said her Nation’s carrier – the Turkish Airline, has forty two destinations in Africa and would like Liberia to also become one of the destinations. She added that these kinds of cooperation between Liberia and her country have the potential to further strengthen relations between the two nations.
Responding, Vice President Boakai said he was glad for the invitation extended him by Her Excellency Nesrin Bayazit and promised to convey to the President and the Government her proposal – something, he said, could be achieved through diplomatic engagement.
Meanwhile, opening ceremonies for the World Humanitarian Summit got underway Sunday in Istanbul as delegations from the countries of the world converge for the summit. On arrival in Istanbul, Vice President Boakai and delegation were received at the Airport by Senior Turkish Government Officials, the dispatch from Istanbul concluded.