Turkey vows to bolster trade ties with Palestinians

Home to nearly two million Palestinians, the Gaza Strip continues to groan under an eight-year Israeli blockade that has deeply impacted the lives of the strip's inhabitants.

Turkey vows to bolster trade ties with Palestinians

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish Ambassador to the Palestinian Authority Mustafa Sarnic on Wednesday reiterated his country's support for the Palestinian people and vowed to boost trade relations between the two sides.

"We will step up trade between Turkey and Palestine, particularly with the Gaza Strip," Sarnic said at a meeting with Palestinian businessmen in Gaza.

The Turkish diplomat went on to describe Turkey's relations with the Palestinian people as "historic."

Sarnic added that the Gaza Strip had "massive" trade potential that should be exploited despite the coastal enclave's "difficult economic circumstances."

Home to nearly two million Palestinians, the Gaza Strip continues to groan under an eight-year Israeli blockade that has deeply impacted the lives of the strip's inhabitants.

Annual trade volumes between Turkey and the Palestinians (including both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip) currently stand at some $250 million, according to Turkish officials.

Badr al-Turkmani, acting head of the Gaza Chamber of Commerce, for his part, said Israel's eight-year-long siege of the strip had caused heavy losses for the Palestinian economy.

"Palestinian merchants and businessmen have nowhere else to turn except to our Turkish friends to revive Gaza's commercial sector," al-Turkmani said.

'Turkey supports Palestine's economy'

Turkey and Palestine should develop commercial activity, Consul General of Turkey in Jerusalem, Mustafa Sarinc told Palestinian businessmen on Wednesday.

“Palestine has a special place in our hearts,’’ Husrevoglu said. ‘’We carry responsibility for the streamlining business cooperation between the two countries.”

Palestinian Chamber of Commerce’s official Beder El-Turkmani said Turkey has supported many projects in Gaza.

“The commercial activity is weakened because of the embargo,” El-Turkmani said. “Unemployment leads to social problems.’’

He said commercial life in Palestine could only be revived with the help from Turkish businessmen.

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