Turkish, Egyptian leaders discuss joint priorities

Gul said Tuesday the Palestinian problem was one of the top priorities of both Turkey.

Turkish, Egyptian leaders discuss joint priorities

Turkish President Abdullah Gul said Tuesday the Palestinian problem was one of the top priorities of both Turkey and Egypt, adding that the two countries cooperated closely over the issue.

Appearing at a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak after their meeting at the Cankaya Presidential Residence in Ankara, Gul said Mubarak visited Turkey twice this year, which he said was a sign of the strength of relations and the importance the two country attached to consultation.

"I am confident that the level of our relations and the highest level of our cooperation in the region is an impressive picture," Gul said, adding that the two countries shared similar views in political issues.

The Turkish president said he welcomed the rapid development of trade and economic relations between the two countries, adding that the free trade agreement boosted trade volume up to 3 billion USD between Turkey and Egypt.

"Turkey and Egypt are the two important countries of the Mediterranean as well as of the Islam world. Today, we discussed specifically the Middle East peace process. We have been watching very closely Egypt's extensive efforts to that end. We have agreed that our cooperation on the Middle East issue will continue," Gul said.

The Turkish president also hosted a luncheon for Mubarak earlier in the day and the two leaders co-chaired a meeting between Turkish and Egyptian delegations.

Invitation

Mubarak said on Tuesday that Turkey was one of the most significant powers in the Middle East, and it attached great importance to peace.

Mubarak said that they stressed the strong cooperation between the two countries during their meeting.

Noting that they also discussed the importance of settlement of a national consensus among Palestinian officials and groups, Mubarak said that they assessed establishment of an independent Palestinian state which had eastern Jerusalem as capital city, as well as settlement of a comprehensive and fair peace.

Mubarak said that Turkey had a big role in Alliance of Civilization Initiative. He also invited Gul to an activity about Library of Alexandria which would take place in Egypt in March.

Mubarak said that they also took up increasing trade volume, investments and projects between Turkey and Egypt.




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