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    Turkish-Yemeni trade looking up

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    28 Ekim 2005 - 09:54Son Güncelleme : 28 Ekim 2005 - 09:54

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his visit to Yemen had succeeded in boosting trade relations between the two countries. "Trade exchange between Turkey and Yemen was up in 2004 by 25%," said Erdogan while speaking at a joint press conference on Wednesday in Yemen, with his Yemeni counterpart Prime Minister Abdul-Qader Bajammal. The two leaders struck deals on taxation, oil, gas and environmental protection. A memorandum was also signed to establish a joint council for Turkish-Yemeni businessmen.

    “We feel that there is real desire from Yemen to develop relations in many different areas,” said Erdogan, who was visiting Yemen to evaluate trade and political relations with the country. The Turkish PM described the talks with President Ali Abdullah Saleh as fruitful and said that he was encouraged by Saleh's ambitions to increase economic, political, commercial and cultural links with Turkey.

    Plans were also made to sign an agreement on civil aviation at a meeting of the Yemeni-Turkish joint committee in Ankara next February. The leaders discussed partnerships on joint investments in both air and sea transportation, and tourism and industry - especially in the Aden Free Zone. Saleh said he welcomed the Turkish investments in Yemen which he hoped would encourage broader cooperation in trade exchange.

    Yemen, Turkey  and Italy are government cosponsors of the Democracy Assistance Dialogue of the G-8 forum for the future allows three countries to achieve the necessary coordination for approaching Middle East issues for a common standpoint.

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