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Ukraine takes over Black Sea economic body's presidency

Turkey hands over Kiev 6-month chairmanship of Organization of Black Sea Economic Cooperation

29.06.2017
Ukraine takes over Black Sea economic body's presidency Vadym Prystaiko (L), First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, and Turkey's Deputy Foreign Minister Ahmet Yildiz shake hands during a joint press conference after 36th Meeting of the BSEC Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Istanbul, Turkey on June 29, 2017. Turkey hands over the Chairmanship-in-Office of BSEC to Ukraine. ( Onur Çoban - Anadolu Agency )

ISTANBUL

Turkey handed over the six-month rotating presidency of the Organization of Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) to Ukraine on Thursday.

Following the 36th BSEC Council of Foreign Ministers meeting in Istanbul, Deputy Foreign Minister Ahmet Yildiz made the handover to Ukraine.

Ukrainian First Deputy Foreign Minister Vadim Pristayko accepted the role on behalf of his country’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin.

"We will do our best to repeat Turkey's achievements," Pristayko said.

During its chairmanship, Turkey’s main theme had been “Strengthening Partnership for Sustainable Development”, according to the Foreign Ministry’s website.

Established in 1992, the BSEC calls itself a “multilateral political and economic initiative” aimed at peace, stability and prosperity in the Black Sea region.

The organization consists of 12 members, including Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.

Reporting by Ugur Cil; Writing by Diyar Guldogan

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