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Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Tuesday urged international community to show more interest in problems of the African continent.
Addressing the formal opening of Turkey-Africa Cooperation Summit at Ciragan Hotel, Gul said, "it is not possible for anybody to remain indifferent to the problems of the African continent in the medium or long term. All the international community should be interested in the problems of the continent more," he added.
Gul said he considered Africa not only the cradle of humanity and the civilizations, but at the same time the center of the future of humanity. "We have organized this summit basing on the idea that success of Africa would be the success of humanity," Gul added.
Africa's resources seem attractive for rest of the world. Africa was one fifth of the whole world's capacity and the African continent was rich in the aspects of natural and human resources. There was a food crisis in Africa and there were agricultural areas, but they were not evaluated well
Gul underlined his belief that the meeting would be an important landmark in relations between Turkey and the African countries, reported AA.
"There has been a rapid transformation process in the recent years in Turkish-African relations. Turkish government declared 2005 'Africa Year'. Relations gained a new momentum with reciprocal visits. Turkey was announced the 'strategic partner' of the African Union in January," Gul noted.
President Gul said, "Turkey's total trade volume with the African countries rose 6 times in the past 10 years. Investments of Turkish companies in African countries rise every year. Interest of Turkish public in Africa increases gradually."
Tthe outline will reflect efforts which we will make within the context of implementation of the İstanbul declaration,"Ambassador Ertuğrul Apakan, the Foreign Ministry undersecretary, said, listing those concrete fields of cooperation as intergovernmental cooperation, peace, security, trade, investment, agriculture, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), health, infrastructure, energy, transportation, telecommunication, culture, education, media and communication, reported Today's Zaman.
Turkey adopted an action plan in 1998 regarded with opening to Africa to boost actual relations with the African countries and has been in an effort to improve relations with the African continent and African countries within the framework of this plan in the past 10 years. Turkey has given a high importance to establish legal infrastructure of bilateral relations within the scope of this action plan, encouraged bilateral relations and activities.
Turkey is at the same time a member of African Development Bank and African Development Fund.
Gul: International community must show more interest in Africa
Turkish President Abdullah Gul separately met heads of African delegations who are attending the Turkey-African Cooperation Summit in Istanbul.
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