Turkey-Africa Partnership Declaration issued

The declaration expressed pleasure over announcement of Turkey as 'strategic partner' of the African Union and Turkey's policy on launching initiatives in Africa.

Turkey-Africa Partnership Declaration issued

"Turkey-Africa Partnership Istanbul Declaration" was issued after Turkey-Africa Cooperation Summit ended on Tuesday.

The declaration expressed pleasure over announcement of Turkey as 'strategic partner' of the African Union and Turkey's policy on launching initiatives in Africa.

The current cooperation between Turkey and African countries under the roof of the UN was welcomed, it said.

The declaration said African countries and Turkey were determined to boost peace, security and cooperation by complying with principles of international law, democracy, human rights and social justice.

New economic opportunities created by the African economies which have been growing rapidly and stably were mentioned in the declaration which stated the cooperation between Turkey and African countries yielded several favorable outcomes.

"Some of the principles which would guide Turkey-Africa Partnership are as follows:International conflicts should be solved through peaceful means, cooperation in fighting against terrorism should be boosted and Turkish-African partnership should be improved," the declaration said.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Tuesday that they decided to organize the meeting of heads of state and government of Turkey-Africa Cooperation Summit once every five years.

Turkey decides to make Africa summit once every five year

Delivering a speech in a press conference held after Turkey-Africa Cooperation Summit in Ciragan Palace in Istanbul, Gul said, "Turkey's assistance to African countries' efforts for economic and social development has been welcomed by our African friends. Especially Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency's (TIKA) activities were appreciated in Africa."

Gul said an African country would host the 2nd Turkey-Africa Cooperation Summit in 2013.

"I had bilateral talks with heads of delegations of 42 countries within the scope of the summit," he said.

Replying to a question on his meeting with Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, Gul said al-Bashir and he discussed Darfur in their meeting. "I told him that human suffering agitates all, no matter which religion, ethnicity or language those who suffer belong to. I told the president (al-Bashir) that the Sudanese government should work hard in regard to this matter," Gul said.

Asked whether African countries support Turkey's candidacy to have a nonpermanent seat at the UN Security Council, Gul said African countries fully supported Turkey's candidacy.

Gul said terrorist attacks took place in Algeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey on Tuesday. "We condemn terrorism strongly. I also want to underline that there is need for international cooperation in fight against terrorism."

After the press conference, President Gul also hosted a dinner at Feriye Restaurant in honor of representatives of African countries who attended the summit.

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