Gül, Yemen President at joint press conference

Turkish President Abdullah Gul said Monday that relations between Turkey and Yemen regarding trade, mutual investments, as well as health and energy sectors would be improved.

Gül, Yemen President at joint press conference
Gul and Yemeni President Ali Abdallah Salih held a joint press conference at Cankaya Presidential Palace following the meetings between Turkish and Yemeni delegations.

During the conference, Gul said Salih's visit to Turkey was the first visit at presidential level between the two countries.

Gul said they decided to improve relations in all areas and discussed bilateral and international issues in a detailed way during his tete-a-tete meeting with Salih and meetings between Turkish & Yemeni delegations.

Gul also said the two countries decided to cooperate on matters related to security, military and defense.

After the talks between Turkish and Yemeni delegations, several cooperation protocols on political counseling, agriculture, health and maritime issues were signed between the countries.

Meanwhile, Yemeni President Salih did not hold talks with Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan as scheduled before.

Yemeni President Ali Abdallah Salih on Monday emphasized importance of international solidarity to deal with terrorism.

Salih said rich countries should extend their helping hand to the poor countries if they really want to eliminate sources of terror.

Salih said his visit aimed at adding a new momentum to relations and to discussing fields of cooperation.

Salih said the two parties also discussed boosting bilateral investments, noting that his country would support Turkish entrepreneurs willing to invest in Yemen.

Salih said they exchanged views on cultural cooperation and restoration of the Ottoman works of art in Yemen.

Guest President Salih said the two parties discussed the Middle East and international problems as well as the investments.

Salih said Yemen supported Turkey's candidacy for a non-permanent member seat at the UN Security Council for 2009-2010 period, "because Turkey will represent Islam world in the U.N." he noted.

"We have exchanged views on developments in Iraq and I got information from Mr. Gul about the ongoing operation," Salih said noting that President Gul told him that the operation did not target Iraqi civilian people but the hideouts of the terrorists.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Şubat 2008, 15:08