- Ariana Resources has completed its first dore pour of 5.25kg of gold-silver at the Kiziltepe mine in Turkey.

Kiziltepe is part of the 50-50 Red Rabbit joint venture with Proccea Construction Co.

Ariana said final statutory inspections and technical approvals had been received and the mine site had been issued with an operations permit. It said production was expected to ramp up over the coming weeks and through Q2 2017.

Managing director Dr. Kerim Sener said: "This is a momentous achievement for the whole Ariana team and our partners Proccea Construction Co, who have dedicated themselves collectively over many years to make this happen.

"We would like to specifically commend the significant contribution of the joint venture team on site and the support given by the local community and the Turkish Government.

" We would also like to acknowledge our long-term shareholders who have remained committed to our vision and who have steadfastly supported our progress.

"As a Company, we will remain focused on enhancing our resource base, adding value through further exploration and development work and growing our long-term production profile.

"Our seven-year partnership with Proccea and our proven ability to deliver successfully on our joint goals provides a springboard for our future strategy.

"We look forward to providing shareholders with further updates on our progress during the coming months."

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