Zambia's President Rupiah Bwezani Banda, who is currently on a formal visit to Turkey, said Monday that his country was willing to work more closely with Turkey.
Banda had a meeting with Turkish President Abdullah Gul in Ankara and the two presidents appeared at a joint press conference following their meeting.
Banda said his meeting with Gul focused on several cooperation areas, adding, "there are lots of things to do between the two countries."
Stating that he was surprised by the level of development Turkey achieved in recent years, Banda said his country would work together with a "quite competent" partner.
Recalling that Turkey would soon open an embassy in his country, Zambia's president pledged that he would give all the help to Turkey.
Banda also voiced expectation from Turkish Airlines, Turkey's flag carrier, to launch flights to Zambia and said it would be a profitable destination for THY due to the location of his country.
Speaking at the press gathering, Gul said Turkey was ready to improve cooperation with Zambia in the fields of agriculture, mining, energy and transportation, adding that Turkey would pay close attention to the African continent and especially Zambia.
Gul said Turkey was set to open an embassy in Zambia as part of a wider program to launch diplomatic missions in their continent.
Gul said Turkey had boosted relations with African countries over the last years with a view to improve economic, trade and political ties as well as to help them overcome their problems.
Gul said he paid frequent visits to African countries, adding that Turkey had received the support of nearly all African countries to win a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council.
Prior to the press conference the two governments signed agreements to boost cooperation on civil aviation as well as to establish channels for political consultations.
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