World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Sunday left for Lisbon for a formal visit on the invitation of his Portuguese counterpart Anibal Cavaco Silva.
"I will exchange views with my interlocutors on our European Union process, latest developments in the Mediterranean region as well as on international issues," Gul told a press conference before his departure from Istanbul.
He said Turkey attached great importance to further improving with NATO-ally Portugal "our already perfect relations in all fields specifically in economy and commerce," adding that he would prioritize contacts that would help develop trade ties.
Gul is set to hold a bilateral meeting with Silva and he is expected to receive separately the country's parliament speaker and prime minister. Gul will also participate in the closing session of Turkish-Portuguese Business Forum.
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Culture and Tourism Minister Omer Celik as well as a group of Turkish businesspeople are accompanying the Turkish president on his visit.
Trade volume between the countries had tripled over the past decade to exceed $1 billion in 2012.
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