Turkey, South Africa sign joint declaration

The Turkish prime minister also said Motlanthe had asked Turkey to raise the flights of Turkish Airlines to South Africa.

Turkey, South Africa sign joint declaration

The Turkish prime minister defined on Tuesday South Africa as a significant trade partner in the south of the continent.

Turkey's Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey and South Africa were determined to boost their relations and cooperation.

"South Africa, which has the strongest economy in the continent of Africa, is also our most important trade partner in the south of the continent," Erdogan told a joint press conference with South Africa's Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe in Ankara.

Erdogan said two countries had signed nine agreements so far, and he believed they should exert more efforts to implement those agreements in line with their best interests.

The Turkish prime minister also said Motlanthe had asked Turkey to raise the flights of Turkish Airlines (THY) to South Africa.

Before the press conference, Erdogan and Motlanthe signed a joint declaration.

Foreign trade volume between Turkey and South Africa was 2 billion USD in 2009.

The South African deputy president welcomed Tuesday the role Turkey has played in the signing of the uranium swap deal with Iran.

Motlanthe said his country appreciated Turkey's facilitating role in the formation of the necessary grounds for the signing of the uranium swap agreement.

Commenting on the relations between Turkey and South Africa as well, Motlanthe said both countries aimed at increasing their trade volume.

The deputy president also said the two countries could cooperate particularly in energy and mining sectors.

Noting that actions needed for establishing peace and stability in problematic regions were discussed during his talks in the Turkish capital, Motlanthe said it was important to have a reliable partner like Turkey in order to achieve such goal.


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