Turkey's industry and trade minister said on Friday that Turkey and Greece did not have the luxury to live with inherited problems.
Ergun said when overseas countries needed each other in the globalized world, two neighboring countries, Turkey and Greece did not have the luxury to live with inherited problems.
"Common sense and reason in political and commercial relations will be for the best interests of the two countries," Ergun said during the Turkish-Greek Second Regional Labor Forum in Komotini.
"Sea of peace"
Ergun said boosting bilateral relations was not only the responsibility of the Turkish and Greek government officials but also businessmen, NGOs and media organs.
"If the Aegean is to become a sea of peace, trade ships and passenger planes should travel over the Aegean instead of war ships and planes, and businessmen should have the biggest responsibility in this," Ergun said.
Ergun expressed Turkey's readiness to share experiences with Greece in fighting global economic crisis, and called on Turkish businessmen to invest more in Greece and Greek authorities to better investment atmosphere and lift bureaucratic hurdles.
"We expect our Greek friends to assume a more constructive attitude in both our bilateral relations and our relations with the EU," Ergun said.
Ergun said establishment of a food control laboratory in the Greek islands of Rhodes and Crete, and formation of a group regarding coastal trade would contribute to coastal trade between the two countries.
The minister said two countries should raise their trade volume to 5 billion USD as soon as possible and to 10 billion USD in the medium term.
It is actually around 3.6 billion USD.
Ergun later met representatives of Turkish minority in Komotini. The industry minister will return to Turkey after attending a dinner of Turkish-Greek businessmen.
Forum in Komotini ended
Greece second Regional Business Forum ended in Komotini, Western Thrace, on Saturday.
More than 500 Turkish and Greek businessmen were in attendance at the two-day forum organized by the Union of Chambers & Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB)-Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEIK) and Greek Union of Chambers.
Turkish and Greek businessmen held a series of talks to boost trade in foodstuff, tourism, livestock breeding and metal industry.
The parties agreed to hold the third regional forum in northwestern Turkish province of Canakkale and invite Bulgarian businessmen to the gathering.