Turkish FM vows to further improve relations with Australia

12:08, February 02, 2011      

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Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday that they were determined to further improve Turkey-Australia relations.

Davutoglu made the remarks at the joint news conference with his visiting Australian counterpart Kevin Rudd after they signed an action plan to develop cooperation between Turkish and Australian foreign ministries.

"Turkey and Australia have already been working together in many international platforms such as G-20 and UN. We agreed to further improve Turkey-Australia bilateral relations. We signed an action plan to develop our cooperation. Under the deal, we will meet three or four times in a year," he said.

Davutoglu said that the Turkish Airlines would begin flying to Australia by the end of 2011.

"On the other hand, 2015 will be celebrated as Turkish Year in Australia and 2016 will be declared as Australian Year in Turkey to let Turkish and Australian peoples to know each other in a better way," he said.

For his part, Rudd said that both Turkey and Australia have open systems, open economy and active diplomacy, adding that the two countries agreed to develop a new partnership.

Rudd said that Turkey undertake a very active role in the Middle East, Caucasus, Central Asia and Balkans.

Source: Xinhua
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