The Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, His Excellency Binali Yildirim, will make his first official visit to Singapore from 20 to 22 August 2017, at the invitation of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Prime Minister Yildirim will be accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek, Deputy Prime Minister Recep Akdag, Minister of Science, Industry and Technology Faruk Ozlu, Minister of Economy Nihat Zeybekci, Minister of Customs and Trade Bulent Tufenkci, senior government officials and a business delegation.

An official Welcome Ceremony will be held in honour of Prime Minister Yildirim on 21 August. Prime Minister Yildirim will call on President Tony Tan Keng Yam and meet Prime Minister Lee, who will also host an Official Dinner.

While in Singapore, Prime Minister Yildirim will deliver the 41st Singapore Lecture, titled Turkey-Singapore Relations: Building a Smart Strategic Partnership, which will be moderated by Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies Tharman Shanmugaratnam on 21 August. Prime Minister Yildirim will also visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens where an orchid will be named in his honour, as well as make site visits to Jurong Island and PSA's port facilities.

Prime Minister Yildirim's visit reaffirms the warm and growing bilateral relations between Singapore and Turkey, and builds on the Strategic Partnership signed in 2014.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore