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‘Turkiye, Brazil aim for $10B trade volume’: Turkish foreign minister

Turkiye and Brazil aimed for a trade volume of $10 billion, willing to make the bilateral trade much more balanced through diversification of goods, the Turkish foreign minister said on Monday.

“We want to mutually increase our trade volume and also our tourism activities,” Mevlut Cavusoglu told a joint news conference following a meeting with his Brazilian counterpart Carlos Franca in the capital Brasilia.

During the meeting, the two sides concentrated on cooperation in the fields of defense, military, culture, and education, said Cavusoglu.

Two countries also signed important agreements which will strengthen cultural and political relations, he added.

Before the start of the pandemic, the number of tourists visiting Turkiye from Brazil was around 100,000, while this number has dropped as the countries had closings as part of the COVID-19 measures, Cavusoglu also noted.

“Now our aim is to achieve this figure again and even go beyond this to reach 150,000.

"We want to host guests, tourists from Brazil. And we also want our Turkish citizens to visit Brazil," he said.

Sao Paulo flights of Turkish Airlines are important motivation for that, the Turkish foreign minister said, adding that Turkiye plans for a direct flight to Rio de Janeiro as well.

“With those direct flights, we can of course increase the number of tourists inbound and outbound,” Cavusoglu noted.


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