The IOC Executive Director, Mr Abdellatif Ghedira, recently paid a visit to the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Spain, H.E. Mr Ömer ÖNHON. The appointment with the Ambassador, who has headed the Turkish Embassy in Madrid since 2014, took place on 12 February 2016.
This meeting is one of a schedule of visits planned by the Executive Secretariat with the Ambassadors of the IOC member countries, aimed at tightening cooperative ties with Members.
The Executive Director gave the Ambassador a copy of the new International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives, which will be in force from 1 January 2017 until 31 December 2026, and explained the major changes vis-à-vis the preceding Agreement, notably that the IOC opens its doors to consumer countries and strengthens its activities at particular points along the commodity chain.
When taking leave of the Ambassador, the Executive Director presented him with a dedicated copy of the Turkish-language edition of the World Olive Encyclopaedia published by the IOC. In turn, the Ambassador gave the Executive Director the gift of the beautifully illustrated book on the Ancient Civilizations and Treasures of Turkey.