Erdogan:'Caspian gas pipeline will pass from Albania too'

Turkish PM Erdogan said that the project on pipeline --which will transfer Caspian natural gas to Italy via Turkey-- will pass from Albania too during joint press conference with Albanian PM.

Erdogan:'Caspian gas pipeline will pass from Albania too'

Turkey wants to raise the bilateral trade volume with Albania, said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who held a joint press conference with Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha in Tirana on Wednesday.

Prior to the press conference, Turkey and Albania signed a framework program on cooperation in areas of education, science, culture, art, youth & sports, press and communication.

During the press conference, Berisha said trade volume between Turkey and Albania --which was 35 million USD in 2002-- reached 630 million USD today.

The cooperation between the two countries in infrastructure, metallurgy, telecommunication, textile, health and education grew, Berisha said and thanked Erdogan for Turkey's support for Albania's NATO membership.

Berisha said besides political support of Turkey, Turkish Armed Forces contributes to training of Albanian soldiers.

Berisha also extended support for Turkey's EU membership bid, and stressed that Turkey must be in the EU.

Erdogan promised him that the project on pipeline --which will transfer Caspian natural gas to Italy via Turkey-- will pass from Albania too, Berisha said and added that development of Turkish-Albanian relations is important for the region.

On the other hand, Erdogan said Albania has an important place in Turkish foreign policy, and for the last 17 years, Turkey has supported Albania in every area; and this support will continue in the future too.

Turkish investments in Albania should be diversified, Erdogan said and noted that both countries have a serious infrastructure and background in tourism.

Erdogan also said the number of Albanian students who receive education in Turkey can increase.

Erdogan said Turkey will support membership of Albania (besides Macedonia and Croatia) during the NATO Summit which will take place in Bucharest next month.

Erdogan thanked Berisha for Albania's support for Turkey's non-permanent membership to UN Security Council in 2009-2010 period.

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