Turkey tells Sata to restore agreement he cancelled

Turkey tells Sata to restore agreement he cancelled

Former president Rupiah Banda with Turkish president Gul in Ankara

Turkey has asked President Michael Sata to reverse his cancellation of the deal between Zambia  and  a Turkish company  to construct and manage Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.

Turkish media report that, that country’s minister of economy Zafer Caglayan told Bob Sichinga that the Turkish company is ready to start working on the airport.

Commerce minister Sichinga is inTurkeyand on Friday signed some cooperation agreement withTurkey.

But before the agreement was signed, Caglayan told Sichinga that his country expects the contract signed betweenZambiaand Turkish firm to be implemented.

The Turkish minister also told Sichinga that the president of Turkey Abdullah Gül will soon talk to Sata over the matter. He said a letter to Sata has already been written but yet to be sent.

Caglayan made it clear to Sichinga that the specific implementation of the contract will determine Turkey’s  political and economic relationship with Zambia.

In July 2010, former president Rupiah Banda visited Turkey and signed three agreements between Turkeyand Zambia:

A Memorandum of Understanding between the two Foreign Ministries on Establishing a Political Consultation Mechanism; A Memorandum of Understanding between the Turkish Foreign Ministry’s Foreign Service Training Center and the Zambian Foreign Ministry’s Institute for Diplomacy and International Studies on Training Diplomats and an Air Transport Agreement between the Governments of Turkey and Zambia.

President Banda was the first Zambia President to visit Turkey.

The contract between Zambia and the Turkish firm was one of the projects Sata cancelled indiscriminately when he became president.

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