Turkey's PM sees Syria door to Mideast market

The Turkish prime minister said on Wednesday that Turkey considered Syria as a door to the Middle Eastern market.

Turkey's PM sees Syria door to Mideast market

The Turkish prime minister said on Wednesday that Turkey considered Syria as a door to the Middle Eastern market.

Turkey's Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey saw Syria as a door opening to the Middle Eastern market of 320 million, not a market of only 20 million population.

"Turkish banks can open branches in Syria, giving a significant momentum to bilateral trade," Erdogan said during a Turkish-Syrian High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council meeting in Damascus, Syria.

Erdogan said Turkey could contribute to Syria in construction of Latakia airport and privatization bids.

The Turkish prime minister said Middle East peace would be laid on a stronger ground when Turkey and Syria gave hand-in-hand with each other, and underlined importance of regional peace.

Erdogan also thanked Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for his remarks supporting Turkey's mediation between Syria and Israel.

Also speaking in the meeting, Syrian Prime Minister Muhammad Naji al-Utri said Turkey and Syria could cooperate in many areas.

Al-Utri said the Middle East was facing many economic and political threats, and supported Turkey's efforts for solution of Arab problem and regional conflicts through diplomacy and politics.

The Syrian prime minister said Israel was not willing for peace talks, but said Turkey's role as a mediator was essential and peace could only be ensured that way.

Turkey's Premier Erdogan is expected to hold a joint press conference with his Syrian counterpart after they sign several agreements.

Erdogan will also have a meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and return to Turkey after attending a banquet to be hosted by the Syrian president.


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