Turkish President Abdullah Gul said Wednesday the Turkish-Ugandan relations were a symbol of importance Turkey attached to Africa.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in Ankara, President Gul said that Museveni and he discussed ways to develop both political and economic relations.
President Museveni's visit to Turkey is the first one ever to be made by an Ugandan president. This visit will carry our relations further. We have opened a new page for our future relations, Gul said.
Reminding the "Turkey-Africa Summit" that took place in Istanbul in 2008, Gul said that Turkey has become a strategic partner of Africa.
Within this framework, Turkey has developed ties with all African nations. Turkey has opened new embassies in Africa. Turkey's ambassador in Kampala, Uganda began serving on March 1, 2010, Gul stressed.
I was pleased to hear from Museveni that Uganda wished to open an embassy in Ankara, Gul said.
Under Museveni's leadership, Uganda went through a peaceful and stable period. Uganda went through a major economic development, Gul said.
Turkey closely watches the developments in Uganda. As a country attaching high importance to the development and welfare of Africa, Turkey appreciates the developments in Uganda, Gul said.
President Museveni has extended an invitation to Turkish businesspeople to come and invest in Uganda, Gul said.
I know that President Museveni has hosted several Turkish businesspeople in his home as a symbol of the importance he attaches to entrepreneurs from Turkey, Gul said.
President Museveni will attend the Turkey-Uganda Business Council on Wednesday, Gul said.
Turkish Airlines (THY) is making plans for direct flights from Istanbul to Kampala soon. With these flights, the two countries will come closer to each other, Gul also said.
Prior to the joint press conference of the two presidents, Turkey and Uganda signed an agreement on Air Transportation. The foreign ministries signed an agreement to establish a political consultation mechanism between the two countries.
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