Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Wednesday trade volume between Turkey and Slovenia continued to increase despite global economic crisis and the two countries had a great cooperation potential.
Gul and his Slovenian counterpart Danilo Turk held a press conference after chairing meetings between delegations of the two countries in Ljubljana.
Gul also separately met with Slovenia's Parliament Speaker Pavel Gantar and Prime Minister Borut Pahor.
At his press conference with Turk, President Gul recalled that Turkey has been continuing its full membership talks with the EU. Gul said, "EU is a strategic decision. It is a state policy. Turkey has been working hard to be a full member of the EU. Some chapters were opened to negotiations and some of them were not. We believe that Turkey's membership will contribute to EU."
Slovenia watches with admiration Turkey's foreign policy and economic development, Turk said.
Turkey's great potential will add a new meaning to European integration. We support Turkey's effort to join the EU, Turk also said.
Gul said they appreciated Slovenia's support to Turkey's EU accession process.
President Gul said during his meeting with Turk, they also discussed the Cyprus issue. "We hope that they (the two parties in Cyprus) will reach a result at the end of 2010," he said.
Underlining the importance of stability in Balkans, Gul said stability would also boost cooperation in the region and Turkey has been exerting efforts on the matter. He said stability in Balkans would also contribute to stability and security in Europe, he said.
Slovenia's President Turk said global economic crisis did not affect commercial ties between Turkey and Slovenia and bilateral cooperation was improving.
Turk said Slovenia backed Turkey's EU adhesion process and Turkey's EU membership would be an advantage for the Union.
Objections to Turkey's membership were shortsighted and useless, he said.
Turk said they supported efforts for a solution to the Cyprus issue and EU was of great importance on the matter.
Replying to a question on the constitutional amendment package, Gul said it was prepared within the scope of the EU acquis. "Some political parties support it while some have concerns on the package. Turkish people will be informed on it and a referendum will be held. The people will make the decision on it," he said.
Asked whether or not Turkey would work with Slovenia to solve problems in the west of Balkans, Gul said Turkey attached a great importance to stability in this region.
Turkish and Slovenian companies could make joint investments in the region, he added.
AAGüncelleme Tarihi: 15 Temmuz 2010, 11:23