|Acting President meets envoys|
|Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:51|
Two ambassadors from Turkey and Canada on Wednesday paid courtesy calls on Acting President Landa John Nkomo where they discussed areas of mutual understanding and co-operation.
First to pay a courtesy call on Acting President Nkomo was the Turkish Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Kemal Demircilar, who revealed that relations between his country and Zimbabwe have been cordial though there was no proper representation of his country.
He said he spoke to Acting President Nkomo of his country’s plans to fully establish infrastructure for an embassy in a move to give his country proper representation and enable the implementation of bilateral agreements between the two countries.
Relations between Turkey and Zimbabwe are cordial though the two countries differ on the question of Cyprus.
Zimbabwe’s position has been to support efforts towards the achievements of one indivisible Cyprus while Turkey maintains its support for the Turkish-Cypriots on the northern part of the island.
This difference has not affected the political relationship between the two countries.
The level of trade between the two countries is low as Zimbabwe exports tobacco, mineral products, arts and crafts to Turkey while its imports are textile, chemicals and electrical goods.
Canadian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Lisa Stadelbauer confirmed that Canada pulled out of the UNWTO in protest over President Mugabe’s appointment as special tourism ambassador, though she did not want to shed more light.
Canada has sided with Britain in imposing illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe after London internationalised its bilateral dispute with Harare over land ownership.