World Bulletin/News Desk
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday discussed bilateral relations, beginning with model partnership, in a meeting they held in Ankara.
According to Turkish Prime Ministry sources, the two sides underlined their commitment to boost bilateral trade volume.
Erdogan and Kerry also discussed the issue of Syria and regional developments.
Later, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Friday hosted dinner in honor of his US counterpart John Kerry at the Foreign Ministry Guest House in the Turkish capital of Ankara.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul also received the US Secretary of State John Kerry and an accompanying delegation.
Gul's meeting took place behind closed doors and lasted 50 minutes at the Cankaya Presidential Palace.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Undersecretary of the Turkish Foreign Ministry Feridun Sinirlioglu, Turkish Ambassador in Washington Namik Tan, and US Ambassador in Ankara Francis Ricciardone also attended Gul's meeting with Kerry.
Turkish Presidency sources said that President Gul presented a photograph taken on February 22, 2008 showing the then US senators, current US Vice-President Joe Biden, the new US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Kerry to John Kerry on Friday.
President Gul said that his meeting with Kerry took place in the same room but that the room went through restoration since 2008.
Kerry then asked President Gul if he could write a few words on the photograph such as "the most important three men".
President Gul wrote on the photograph "the most important three men of the Obama administration with me", signed it and presented it to Kerry.
Kerry told President Gul that he remembered the day the photograph was taken. "I had come to Turkey from Afghanistan," Kerry also said.Last Mod: 02 Mart 2013, 09:31