Turkey pays special attention to Africa: Erdogan

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday Turkish government pays special attention to relations with Africa.

Turkey pays special attention to Africa: Erdogan
"We have recently recorded great progress in our political and commercial relations," he told reporters before he left for Portugal to attend the Second EU-Africa Summit.

Erdogan said he will meet leaders of many countries --particularly African countries-- and participate in a formal reception Portuguese PM Jose Socrates will host in honor of guest heads of state and government.

"I will attend the opening session and all other meetings within the framework of the summit," he told.

Erdogan said the summit is important for Turkey and the EU.

"We have undertaken initiatives to inaugurate embassies in African countries," he also said.


On the other hand, Erdogan said the government is taking measures to prevent youngsters to go to mountains for terrorist activities.

"Whether you call it the (former) repentance law or anti-terror law, it did not yield the results it had expected to give," he told.

Erdogan said, "some think that we may get results if we take a new initiative and we take into consideration their views."

"We believe we should do what we have to do," he told.

Erdogan said the government is taking these steps for a strong democracy and to strengthen the climate of peace.

"If a person goes to mountains, this is a loss for our country and our citizens of Kurdish origin. The government is working to prevent this ," Erdogan told.

"We have got positive results, and we hope we can get more," he also said.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Aralık 2007, 17:10