Turkey and Slovenia call for closer ties

Turkish president Abdullah Gul met with Slovenian President Borut Pahor in the Turkish capitl Ankara on Wednesday.

Turkey and Slovenia call for closer ties

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish President Abdullah Gul said "Turkish and Slovenian businessmen will work together to enhance peace and stability in Balkans," during the dinner he hosted in the honor of his visiting Slovenian counterpart Borut Pahor in Ankara, the Turkish capital.

Stating his pleasure to host the Slovenian president and an accompanying delegation in Turkey, Gul said that Slovenia is a friend, ally and strategic partner, adding, "The visit would be the sixth reciprocal visit at presidential level between the two countries since 2009."

While sharing a common history, both Turkey and Slovenia have strong ties both culturally and historically, expressed Gul.

"Turkey recognized Slovenia in 1992 after its independence in 1991," said Gul, adding that the Slovenian Embassy to Turkey opened in 1996 to establish diplomatic relations.

He added that Slovenia is one of the countries which supports Turkey's membership to the EU.

The Slovenia Investment Summit will be an opportunity for businessmen to come together and to contribute in trade and finance, Gul said.

"I believe especially Turkish businessmen will show interest in the privatization process in Slovenia," said the Turkish president.

Slovenian President Pahor, on his part, stated that Turkey and Slovenia have common interests.

"Thanks to this visit, we can strengthen our relationship in all aspects," added Pahor.

Among the attendees of dinner held at the Cankaya Presidential Residence were Turkish Minister of EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Mevlut Cavusoglu, Minister of Customs and Trade Hayati Yazici, Minister of National Education Nabi Avci as well as deputies, academicians and businessmen.

The visiting Slovenian president will attend a "Slovenian Investment Summit" in Istanbul that will gather Turkish and Slovenian businessmen on Thursday.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Ocak 2014, 10:04