Turkey, Indonesia sign protocol on civil aviation

21:47, June 28, 2010      

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Turkish Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim and his visiting Indonesian counterpart Freddy Numberi signed a protocol on civil aviation in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Monday, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

Yildirim was quoted as saying that Numberi's visit to Turkey would present an opportunity to improve friendly relations between the two countries, adding that the current trade volume between Turkey and Indonesia did not reflect the true potential of the two countries.

Yildirim said the trade volume between the two countries has reached 1.7 billion U.S. dollars last year with a 64 percent increase.

"Yet the trade volume is far away from being satisfactory when we consider the two country's potentials in population, economy, natural resources and cultural riches," Yildirim said.

On his part, Numberi said that he was pleased to sign the protocol on civil aviation, adding that the protocol would boost cooperation in this area.

Numberi said his country aimed at developing a strategic cooperation with Turkey in civil aviation training programs.



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