Turkey vows to strengthen economic co-op with Zambia

17:12, July 13, 2010      

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Turkish President Abdullah Gul said Monday that Turkey was ready to improve cooperation with Zambia in agriculture, mining, energy and transportation.

Gul made the remarks at a joint press conference following his talks with visiting Zambian President Rupiah Banda here, adding Turkey would pay close attention to the African continent, especially Zambia.

Turkey had boosted relations with African countries over the past years with a view to improve economic, trade and political ties as well as to help them overcome their problems, said Gul.

He added that he had paid frequent visits to African countries, saying Turkey had received the support of nearly all African countries to win a nonpermanent seat at the UN Security Council.

For his part, Banda said his meeting with Gul focused on several cooperation areas, adding "there are lots of things to do between the two countries."

Banda also voiced expectation that Turkish Airlines (THY) to launch flights to Zambia, saying it would be a profitable destination for THY due to the location of his country.

The two governments also signed on Monday agreements to boost cooperation on civil aviation as well as to establish channels for political consultations.

Source: Xinhua


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