Turkey, Australia sign many deals

Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Wednesday met with Governor General of Australia Quentin Bryce in the Turkish capital, Ankara.

Turkey, Australia sign many deals

Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Wednesday met with Governor General of Australia Quentin Bryce in the Turkish capital, Ankara.

The two leaders held a tete-a-tete gathering at the Cankaya Presidential Residence, and co-chaired two countries' delegations in a meeting.

Speaking at a joint press conference after their meeting, Gul said Turkey and Australia were two countries that managed to establish strong friendship despite their soldiers came in a confrontation during the First World War.

"History has seen so many events that caused enmities. The important thing is to carve strong friendly relations out of them instead of carrying those enmities to generations to come. And today, Turkey and Australia are two best examples for that," Gul told reporters.

Bryce was in Turkey to attend ceremonies to mark the 95th anniversary of the Canakkale Battles of 1915. We thank for the hospitality of the Turkish people on the Anzac Day, Bryce said.

"This is a friendship and mutual respect that were born out of a great war 95 years ago," Gul said.

Gul said the current trade volume between Turkey and Australia was around $1 billion, adding that the two countries had a great potential to further improve commercial ties.

Gul said around 150 thousand Turks lived in Australia as citizens, adding that they constituted a bridge between the two countries.

The two leaders also presided the signing ceremonies of a number of agreements between Turkey and Australia including a deal to prevent double taxation and tax evasion.

The agreement with Australia brought the number of such deals Turkey had signed with other countries to 79.

The two countries also signed an agreement for cooperation in civil aviation.

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