- At the invitation of Prof. Robert DUSSEY, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and Togolese Abroad of the Togolese Republic, Mr. Mevlut CAVUSOGLU, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, paid a working visit to Lomé, on July 20, 2020. This is the first visit by a Turkish minister to the Togolese Republic.
- During this visit which illustrates the excellence of the relations of friendship and cooperation existing between Togo and Turkey, Mr. Mevlut CAVUSOGLU was received in audience by His Excellency Mr. Faure Essozimna GNASSINGBE, President of the Togolese Republic . He also held, with his counterpart in Togo, in-depth exchanges of views on issues of common interest of bilateral, regional and multilateral nature.
- At the bilateral level, the two parties welcomed the exceptional quality of the relations of friendship and cooperation which unite them and reaffirmed their desire to further develop cooperation in all areas of common interest, through strengthening of the existing legal framework
- In the same spirit, Ministers DUSSEY and CAVUSOGLU signed three agreements. It’s about :
– a Memorandum of Understanding relating to the establishment of a mechanism of political consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and Togolese Abroad of the Togolese Republic and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey;
– a Reciprocal Visa Exemption Agreement for diplomatic passport holders;
– a Memorandum of Understanding relating to cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and Togolese outside the Togolese Republic and the Diplomatic Academy of the Republic of Turkey.
- Economically, Prof. Robert DUSSEY expressed Togo’s wish to establish with the Turkish Government and the private sector, partnerships in the priority areas of the National Development Plan (PND), in particular, mining, energy, processing and packaging of agricultural products, the textile industry and infrastructure. Minister CAVUSOGLU, for his part, announced that his country will increase its investments in Togo.
- On the diplomatic front, the Turkish Minister announced the decision of his Government to open an embassy in Lomé very soon and to speed up the process of starting an air link between Lomé and Ankara by Turkish Airlines.
- At the regional level, the Togolese and Turkish Ministers noted with satisfaction the positive developments recorded on the African continent, in particular the entry into force of the agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) which will facilitate eventually, investments and trade across the continent.
- They, however, deplored the persistence and expansion of conflicts, acts of terrorism and violent religious extremism, notably in Libya and West Africa. Noting their convergence of views on the importance of peace and security for the development and prosperity of nations, the two Ministers call on the entire international community to provide effective support to the initiatives that have been taken in order to find a quick solution to these situations.
- In this regard, Turkey has undertaken to provide material, logistical and technical support to Togo, within the framework of the fight against drug trafficking, terrorism and violent extremism.
- Referring to the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in the world, the two parties welcomed the courageous measures which have been taken and which have made it possible to significantly limit the spread of the virus and the number of deaths in their respective territories. . They agreed to pool their experiences and resources in order to continue the fight against this scourge and its effects on their economies.
- Regarding multilateral issues, the two ministers underlined the importance for their countries of strengthening their collaboration within the framework of International Organizations, in particular with regard to the harmonization of their points of view on issues of ‘common interest as well as their mutual support in the event of an application for a post in a given organization, and are committed to maintaining permanent consultation on these issues
- It should be noted that during this visit, Turkey donated medical equipment to support the efforts of the Togolese government in the fight against the coronavirus.
Done in Lomé, July 20, 2020