Turkish President leaves for Yemen

Turkish President Abdullah Gul left for Yemen on Monday.

Turkish President leaves for Yemen

Turkish President Abdullah Gul said that a Turkish president would pay a state visit to Yemen for the first time.

President Gul said at a news conference at Ankara's Esenboga Airport prior to his departure for Yemen as the official guest of President Ali Abdlallah Salih, "Yemen takes place in a strategic route including one of the most important water channels in the world. It is also the most crowded country on the Arabian Peninsula. We have rooted relations with Yemen based on our historic ties and common cultural values. Both Turkey and Yemen have a strong political will to further improve their relations in all areas."

"There has been a great progress in Turkey-Yemen relations in the recent years," he said.

President Gul said that he was set to meet with Prime Minister Ali Muhammad Mujawwar and Foreign Minister Abubakr Al Qirbi.

"I will also attend the Turkey-Yemen Business Forum. We will sign the founding agreement of Turkey-Yemen Business Council. Turkish companies have undertaken projects of
1.5 billion USD in the last 8 years," he said.

President Gul told reporters that he would attend inauguration of a photograph exhibition, "Turkish-Yemeni Friendship Throughout History" which was organized with the support of Istanbul-based Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture.

"I will attend opening of the war cemetery built in Sana out of respect to Turkish soldiers who died in Yemen. This monument will further deepen our friendly relations with Yemen. I will also inaugurate the Turkish-Yemeni Vocational High School equipped by Turkey," he said.

President Gul added that Turkey would continue extending full support to Yemen.

A large delegation, including Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul, Health Minister Recep Akdag, lawmakers, academicians, journalists and businesspeople accompanies the Turkish president.


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Last Mod: 10 Ocak 2011, 17:07
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