Turkey's Gul in Bangladesh boosts economic ties in Asia tour /PHOTO

Turkish President Gul, who arrived in Bangladesh, met with his Bangladeshi counterpart Zillur Rahman.

Turkey's Gul in Bangladesh boosts economic ties in Asia tour /PHOTO

Turkish President Abdullah Gul, who arrived in Bangladesh on Friday, met with his Bangladeshi counterpart Zillur Rahman, Anadolu Agency said.

The two presidents held a joint news conference after their meeting in Dhaka.

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Gul told reporters that he went to Bangladesh with a large group of Turkish businessmen, which he said was a sign of importance Turkey attached to this country.

Gul said trade volume between Turkey and Bangladesh was around 600 million USD, however, he said it could reach 1 billion in the near future.

"I believe that our relations will move forward in all areas," Gul said.

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On his part, Rahman described relations as perfect and said Gul's visit would help boost relations.

Recalling that Turkey and Bangladesh had earlier signed several agreements on trade, culture, education and defense, Rahman said Bangladesh was eager to make more agreements with Turkey.

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He also called on Turkish businessmen to invest in his country, especially in textiles, energy, ship construction and petrochemicals industries.

Loan deal

Turkey's private asset management firm RHEA has offered a $1 billion conditional soft loan to Bangladesh for winning infrastructure construction deals.

The agreement was signed at a meeting of Bangladesh business leaders and Turkey's traders and entrepreneurs attended by visiting Turkish President Abdullah Gul.

The firm also pledged a $5 million donation for healthcare and educational projects in Bangladesh, if the government accepts the loan under a pre-condition of giving work orders to Turkish builders for building flyovers and bridges.

Bangladeshi businessmen said the Turkish entrepreneurs could invest in various sectors in Bangladesh including textiles, shipbuilding, energy and tourism.

Honorary Doctorate

Following the press conference, Rahman hosted a dinner in honor of Gul.

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Meanwhile, Gul received Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka on Saturday. 

Gul also attended a luncheon hosted by Hasina in his honor. 

Turkish State Minister Mehmet Aydin and Turkish Ambassador in Dhaka Sakir Torunlar also attended the meeting which was closed to press. 

 

Agencies

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