Turkey: D-8 states save world from economic collapse

Turkey's president said that developing countries should be indispensable actors of decision making processes.

Turkey: D-8 states save world from economic collapse

 

Turkey's president said on Thursday that developing countries should be indispensable actors of decision making processes.

Delivering a speech at the D-8 heads of state and government summit in the Nigerian capital of Abuja, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said Turkey, one of the founders of D-8, had been attaching great importance to the movement since its establishment.

Noting that the recent global economic crisis proved the rationalism of the idea to establish organizations like D-8, Gul said developing countries' growth performances during the crisis had saved the world economy from collapsing.

"We believe developing countries should be indispensable actors of decision making processes. Turkey and Indonesia act as the voice of D-8 in G-20," Gul said.

The Turkish president also noted that D-8 countries had a total population of nearly 960 million which constituted 15 percent of the world population, besides, they possessed rich natural and energy resources, available agricultural resources and a huge tourism potential.

Gul said D-8 members Turkey, Indonesia, Malaysia and Iran were also among the top 25 exporters in the world.

Pointing to the importance of commercial cooperation between D-8 members, Gul said Turkey, with its unique geographical position, offered great investment opportunities to member countries.

He said Turkish private sector was also eager to invest in D-8 states.

Commenting on the recent activities easing visa procedures between members states Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Malaysia and Bangladesh, the Turkish president also called on other members to participate in such process.

Meeting with Ahmadinejad

Gul met with Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the sidelines of the D-8 summit. The meeting was closed to press.

The meeting between Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which was held in Abuja,

Turkish State Minister & Deputy Premier Cemil Cicek, State Minister Cevdet Yilmaz and Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki attended the gathering as well.

Established in 1997 to promote economic cooperation and solidarity within the member states, D-8 is an arrangement for development cooperation among the following countries: Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey. Its headquarters is in Istanbul.


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