Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "we cannot remain indifferent to the economic problems Greece has faced recently. We attach great importance to stability and prosperity of Greece."
Prime Minister Erdogan said at the Greek-Turkish Business Forum, "we attach great importance to improve our cultural, economic and political relations with the neighboring countries after we came to the political power some 7.5 years ago. There are more similarities between Turkey and Greece than differences."
Referring to the economic and commercial relations between Turkey and Greece, Prime Minister Erdogan said, "trade volume between Turkey and Greece was 903 million USD in 2002. It reached up to 3.6 billion USD in 2008. Despite the global financial crisis, our trade volume was about 2.7 billion USD in 2009. In the first three months of 2010, our exports to Greece increased to 401 million USD and our imports from Greece rose to 260 million USD. Those figures are the results of mutual efforts of Turkey and Greece in recent years."
"For the time being, Turkey is getting ready to hold a referendum on a constitutional amendment package in the coming months and a general election next year. We will not make any concessions from our economic policies and our financial disciplinary in this process. I believe that Greece will overcome recent economic crisis and Greek economy will recover in a short period of time. We are ready to help Greece in this process," he said.
Prime Minister Erdogan added that there were nearly 390 Greek firms operating in Turkey with investments amounting to 6 billion USD.
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