Uganda says wants to benefit from Turkey's experiences

Turkish President Abdullah Gul hosted Wednesday a banquet in honor of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni who is currently paying a formal visit to Turkey.

Uganda says wants to benefit from Turkey's experiences

Turkish President Abdullah Gul hosted Wednesday a banquet in honor of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni who is currently paying a formal visit to Turkey.

Speaking at the gathering at Cankaya Presidential Palace, Gul said the first presidential visit between Turkey and Uganda was a historic event, besides, it was an indicator showing the bright future of the strong relations and cooperation between Turkish and Ugandan nations.

Expressing his hope for the rapid improvement of ties and cooperation between the two countries, Gul said today's talks between Turkish and Ugandan officials strengthened the common will and determination to carry bilateral relations to a step further.

Gul said Turkey and Uganda had irreplaceable opportunities to improve their relations in areas related to energy, construction, agriculture, health and environment.

Gul also said he would continue to encourage Turkish business world to make investments in Uganda.

Pointing to the friendly relations Turkey had with African countries for centuries, Gul said, "the stage we have reached in relations with Africa is not satisfactory. This stage is
not a goal, but a starting point. We desire to strengthen our cooperation in the light of friendship, brotherhood, mutual respect, sovereignty, independence and common interests".

The Turkish president said his country would display determined efforts to improve its ties with Africa in a fair and stable way that would serve benefits of all the concerned nations.

Gul also said Museveni's visit was "timely and helpful" so as to strengthen the two countries' dialogue in international platforms.

Museveni also said that they wanted to benefit from Turkey's experiences in order to strengthen their economic and industrial programs.

He said that Turkey's opening an embassy in Ugandan capital city of Kampalka would boost bilateral economic relations.

"As one one the world's most rapidly growing economies, Turkey is of strategic importance to Uganda and eastern African markets. Turkish economy has successfully transformed from a structure based on agriculture and industry into a sector of globalized services. We want to benefit from Turkey's experiences in order to strengthen our economic and industrial programs. We will also welcome Turkish businessmen's investments in Uganda especially in the areas of textiles and construction industry. We also aim at further improving our socio-economic ties and cooperation in commerce, education, health, finance, energy and mining," he added.

Turkish State Minister & Deputy Premier Bulent Aric, Ugandan ministers accompanying Museveni during his visit, Turkish ambassador in Kampala Melih Ulueren, as well as a group of Turkish deputies and businessmen also attended the dinner.


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