The steady trade volume between Turkey and Moldova despite the coronavirus pandemic is an indication of bigger potential, said Turkey’s foreign minister on Wednesday.

Mevlut Cavusoglu’s remarks came at a joint news conference with his Moldovan counterpart Oleg Tulea in the capital Chisinau.

He said the two sides discussed bilateral relations, trade, and investment during a meeting held earlier.

Cavusoglu warned Tulea of the potential danger of the presence of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) in Moldova.

FETO and its US-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup in Turkey on July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

He also offered assistance to Moldova to combat COVID-19.

Turkey’s state-run agency TIKA delivered 10,000 masks, 10,000 pairs of gloves, 1,000 liters (264 gallons) of sanitizer and 250 face shields to Moldova this April.

Turkey is the first choice of Moldovan tourists, Cavusoglu added.

For his part, Tulea thanked Turkey for the aid and welcomed the opening of the Turkish consulate in Gagauzia, an autonomous region of Moldova.

“Opening of the consulate in this region will be instrumental in intensifying our economic, political and cultural cooperation,” he added.

Turkey is the seventh-largest trade partner of Moldova, he said.

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