Turkish President says to back Palestinian cause

Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Tuesday that Palestinian cause was not the cause of only the Palestinians.

Turkish President says to back Palestinian cause

Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Tuesday that Palestinian cause was not the cause of only the Palestinians.

Gul and Yemeni President Ali Abdallah Salih gave a joint news conference within the scope of Gul's formal visit to Yemen.

Referring to his meeting with Salih on Monday, Gul said, "we assessed regional matters. We have exchanged views that Palestinian problem was not the cause of only the Palestinians but the cause of all of us. We will strongly support Palestinian cause till an independent Palestinian State is founded on its territory."

Gul said, "stability of the region is important both for the Arabian peninsula, the Middle East and Africa. Our policies and point of views are common in this respect."

Gul said this was the first visit of a Turkish President to Yemen, noting Salih had paid a visit to Turkey two years ago.

Gul said current agreements signed between Turkey and Yemen would be implemented and referring to the agreements signed on Monday, Gul said, "visa requirements will be removed between Turkey and Yemen. Peoples of the two countries will be able to visit each other without visa requirements."

President Gul underlined that Turkey attached importance to unity and territorial integrity of Yemen and supported "its fight against terrorism".

Gul appreciated the reforms in Yemen, adding that, "Turkey will continue to extend any necessary contribution for economic and democratic development of Yemen."

"Turkey is ready to establish an organized industry region in Yemen and operate it jointly. Yemeni government concluded preparations, and this will take place soon," he said.

Gul said businessmen in Turkish delegation would have talks with their Yemeni counterparts, adding that he would address the businessmen at the meeting.

"We will boost joint investments and trade. We are willing to make investment particularly in energy. Turkey's state and private sector companies are here for this," Gul underlined.

Gul said ministers of the two countries were talking to boost cooperation in health and education.

Yemeni President Salih said this visit was an example step to enable investments between the two countries, and added that his country was ready to earmark an area in the organized industry zone for Turkish businessmen.

Salih said they were also ready to allocate an land to Turks to construct a station for electricity and energy production.


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