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Turkey ratifies seven international agreements

December 31, 2021 at 8:15 am

Truck carrying products exported from Turkey to Europe are seen in the track park before leaving the country at the Kapikule customs gate in Edirne, Turkey on May 8, 2020 [Gökhan Balcı – Anadolu Agency]

The Turkish government has ratified several international agreements in areas of sports, transportation, economy and trade, according to the country’s Official Gazette on Thursday, and reported by Anadolu News Agency.

The agreements with Palestine, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Vietnam and Lesotho were detailed in the Gazette.

The 2021 amendments made in the annexes of “the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road” prepared under the UN Economic Commission for Europe, was ratified.

With the decision, about 40 sections, as well as sub-articles of the agreement, were amended.

A cooperation agreement signed on 6 February, 2018 between Turkey and Palestine in the area of youth and sports was also ratified.

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With this agreement, the two countries will cooperate in many fields such as lifelong learning, family, education, culture, science and technology as well as arts and entrepreneurship.

Both countries will also be able to organise joint youth camps, exchange programs and projects, while similar projects will be carried out in the field of sports, including works on sports organisations and encouragement of women in sports.

The two countries will invite each other to the sports events they organise.

A Turkey-Palestine Joint Committee will also be established to evaluate and develop cooperation on policies for youth and sports and to encourage new partnerships.

The agreement will be effective after mutual notification following the completion of the legal processes in the two countries.

Road transport protocols with Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan

Turkey also ratified the protocol of the Turkish-Uzbek International Joint Commission on International Road Transport meeting that was held in Tashkent on 30 June – 1 July.

Meanwhile, the protocol of the Azerbaijani-Turkish Joint Commission on international road transport meeting that was signed in Istanbul on 25 June, and the Archive Cooperation Protocol signed in Baku on 10 May, 2012 were also ratified.

Economic and commercial agreements with Lesotho, Vietnam

The cooperation agreement on trade and economy signed in Istanbul on 3 November, 2016 with Lesotho was also approved.

As part of the agreement, Turkey and Lesotho will expand their cooperation in areas such as trade development, mutual investment, agriculture and livestock development, energy and mineral resources, science and technology and services.

Also, the parties will give each other “the most favoured nation status” on customs duties and fees.

Turkey-Lesotho Joint Economic Commission will be established with this agreement.

The agreement will remain in effect for five years from the date of its entry into force.

The Official Gazette also included an agreement on cooperation and mutual assistance in customs matters between Turkey and Vietnam.

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According to the agreement signed on 23 August, 2017 in Hanoi, the countries will cooperate and provide assistance in the prevention, investigation, and combating of customs crimes in accordance with the provisions of the agreement.

They will also inform each other about the special methods used in the fight against crimes and the new methods used in committing crimes as well as issues such as various prohibited substances, weapons, counterfeit or pirated goods.

The parties will also carry out mutual customs officer training and expert exchange.

The amendments made in some articles of the EU-Common Transition Countries Joint Committees Agreement on the common transit were also approved.

In accordance with the Irish-Northern Ireland Protocol signed with Brexit, Northern Ireland was described as an “EU part” for some articles of the agreement, although it is part of the UK.