Turkey's PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey and Arab states bore great responsibility in the solution of problems encountered in the Middle East and the surrounding region.
Delivering a speech at the opening of the Turkish-Arab Economic Forum in Istanbul, Erdogan said "Problems of our region are not unsolvable. We can solve all of the problems, overcome all hardships and obstacles through solidarity."
Erdogan said he believed the forum would contribute to the economic development, welfare and stability of the regional countries.
"Turkey aims at acting as a bridge of development and prosperity between the Arab world and western countries, and our membership in the European Union will be a major step taken toward peace and stability in the region," Erdogan said.
The Turkish premier also called for improved economic ties between Turkey and the Arab countries, urging Arab businessmen to invest in Turkey in a larger extent.
"We would be very happy to see more Arab entrepreneurs and investors in our country," Erdogan said.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Haziran 2008, 18:33