The Turkish government is preparing to take the country to the highest level of the global, political and economic system amid the ongoing fight against the novel coronavirus outbreak, the country’s president said on Wednesday.
“We are not only fighting the pandemic in the current period we are going through, but we are also preparing to bring Turkey to the highest level of the world system, politically and economically,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his President Justice and Development (AK) Provincial Party Congresses by videoconference from the Presidential Complex.
Every passing day there is an inauguration or groundbreaking ceremony for new projects, Erdogan noted, and said that “the excitement of new beginnings” will continue to be experienced with other projects for the development of the country.
He said that over the weekend, three dams and a drinking water plant will be opened in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir, while a frigate will be launched at sea in the metropolitan city of Istanbul.
The first I-class ship to be produced under Turkey’s national MILGEM warship program will be launched on January 23.
The 113-meter-long Istanbul Frigate is expected to be delivered to the Turkish Naval Forces Command in 2023 and will perform advanced air defense and surface warfare, submarine defense warfare and patrol activities.
Erdogan added that the keys to newly built houses will also be returned to their owners, who were left homeless during a powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the eastern province of Elazig in January 2020, making 41 dead and injuring some 1,600 others.
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