'Turkey, Zambia share similar values': Envoy

Zambia and Turkey have similar values as they both promote peace and security even when provoked, said Joseph Chilengi Zambian ambassador in Ankara.

In an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency, Chilengi said both countries favor international peace and security as a core factor for the development and economic emancipation of the world.

He said because of the similarity there is a need for both countries to work together in various fields and boost bilateral ties and economic development.

Chilengi said Turkey's economic structure is very important and diversified and to interact with such a diversified economy ''there is a need for Zambia to extend its presence across Turkey on the principles of a win-win situation”.

Introducing, the new honorary consul for Turkey's southeastern city of Gaziantep on Thursday, the ambassador said Zambia will soon open honorary consulates in other Turkish cities as well.

At a ceremony held in Zambian Embassy premises in Ankara, the envoy congratulated the Ozlem Isik, the honorary consul for Gaziantep on her appointment.

''Opening a new honorary consulate is a strategy for economic growth and cooperation, “he said.

Explaining why Zambia prefers to work with Turkey, Chilengi said Africa is not a dumping ground. ''In Zambia and Africa, we need value addition, “he added.

He said it is better to trade as equal partners such as Turkey than to bring aid that comes with conditionality.

''What is important is a win-win situation, trade, and investment where both partners have an interest in each other's development,'' Chilengi added.

He also mentioned the strategic importance of Turkey in the world.

''It is well known that global economic transactions cannot take place with