Turkey, Georgia vow to boost trade ties amid crisis

PM Erdogan wants Georgian government to encourage Turkish investors in the current atmosphere of global crisis.

Turkey, Georgia vow to boost trade ties amid crisis

Turkish premier said on Tuesday that Turkey attached importance to the solution of the conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia within the framework of the principle of respect towards Georgia's territorial integrity.

Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Georgian counterpart Grigol Mgalobishvili held a joint press conference following their meeting in the Turkish capital of Ankara.

During the conference, Erdogan said that his meeting with Mgalobishvili and the talks between Turkish and Georgian delegations were quite fruitful.

He said bilateral and regional developments were discussed in a comprehensive way during the talks.

Erdogan also said that the stability of the South Caucasus region was of great importance in terms of the stability of the whole Eurasia region.

Noting that Turkey closely followed the recent developments in Georgia, Erdogan said his country also displayed efforts for the peaceful solution of the problems in its neighbor.

Responding to a question about efforts to eliminate the PKK in northern Iraq, Prime Minister Erdogan said, "Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki of Iraq will come to Turkey tomorrow. We will have the chance of discussing all the developments with him. Our desire is to save our country from the PKK terrorist organization as soon as possible. In that case, Iraq will also have saved his country from terrorism."

Upon a question about Turkish investments in Georgia, Prime Minister Erdogan said, "I think that Georgian government should encourage our investors in the current atmosphere of global crisis. If we can overcome some certain problems, Turkish businessmen's investments in Georgia will further increase. We are already encouraging our investors to make more investments in this country."

"Our economic and commercial relations have been improving rapidly in parallel with our political relations. We aim at increasing our trade volume with Georgia up to 2 billion USD. Since you know there are significant regional projects such as Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum natural gas pipeline and Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway line. We will revive the historic Silk Road in our region," Prime Minister Erdogan added.

No problem

Relations between Turkey and Georgia were based on a sound ground and there was no problem between the two countries which could not be solved, the prime minister of Georgia said.

Mgalobishvili said he held fruitful and comprehensive talks with President Abdullah Gul and Erdogan.

Turkey always supported territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Georgia, he said.

Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan and Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum projects as well as Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway construction would make a great contribution to the region, Mgalobishvili said.

Replying to a question, Mgalobishvili said they hoped that Turkish businessmen would make more investments in his country.


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