Turkey, Croatia agree to boost economic relations

13:11, November 27, 2010      

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that Turkey and Croatia reached an agreement to boost economic and commercial relations.

Speaking at a joint press conference with visiting Croatian Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor in the Turkish capital Ankara, Erdogan said Turkey and Croatia shared common goals such as the unification of Europe, regional harmony, dialogue and strengthening cooperation.

"We agreed to raise our trade volume to one billion euros by the end of 2013," Erdogan said.

"As part of the Turkey-Croatia-Bosnia-Herzegovina trilateral consultancy mechanism, we will jointly continue to extend support for confidence building among the founders of the Bosnian state and for strengthening stability," Erdogan added.

"Further, we will contribute to the economic development of Bosnia-Herzegovina," Erdogan said.

"We will extend support for the integration of Bosnia- Herzegovina with Euro-Atlantic institutions," Erdogan also said.

For his part, Kosor said that Croatia reached the end of EU membership negotiations process.

EU membership talks is a difficult marathon, and Croatia shares the experiences about the process with Turkey, added Kosor.

Noting that EU membership process was a very complicated and difficult path, Kosor said that every candidate country should meet the required criteria.

Kosor said that Turkey and Croatia, two EU candidate countries, would share their experiences with each other.

She said that Croatian people would vote the decision of Croatian government to join the EU, adding that after membership talks were completed, a referendum would be held to have the approval of people in Croatia.

Recalling the support Turkey extended to Croatia in NATO issue, Kosor thanked Turkey, saying that they were also closely interested in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the recent developments in the region.

Source: Xinhua


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