Macedonian Deputy PM visits Turkish city October 11, 2010Posted by Yilan in Macedonia, Turkey.
Tags: Abdilaqim Ademi, Gaziantep, Macedonia, Macedonian Deputy PM, Suleyman Kamci, Turkey
Macedonian Deputy Prime Minister Abdilaqim Ademi said Monday that Turkey and Macedonia shared excellent political and economic relations.
Ademi and an accompanying delegation paid a visit of courtesy to the Governor of the south-eastern province of Gaziantep, Suleyman Kamci, on Monday.
Speaking to reporters at Kamci’s office, Ademi said that he visited Turkey several times in the past but it was his first time in the province of Gaziantep.
Our two countries have excellent political and economic ties. There are many common traits between us. We need to use our common points to the benefit of our peoples. We appreciate Turkey’s interest in and assistance to Macedonia. We look at your support as one coming from a brother. What really makes us happy is that Turkish support is extended to us without any expectation in return, Ademi stressed.
There are local Turks living in Macedonia. Many businessmen and bureaucrats from Turkey visit Macedonia frequently, Ademi said.
Warm relations between Macedonia and Turkey result in high volumes of Turkish investments in Macedonia. Turkish language is widely spoken in Macedonia and a great portion of our society knows Turkish. More and more people are interested in learning Turkish in Macedonia. Turkish economic investments continue to grow in Macedonia. We are a small country, perhaps as big as your province (Gaziantep) only, and we have a population of two million people. We have an important geo-strategic status, connecting the east with the west. Such a status makes Macedonia attractive for Turkish businesspeople. Macedonia is regarded by the Turks as the doorway to Europe, Ademi underlined.
As part of our visit to Gaziantep, we will visit the chambers of trade and industry of Gaziantep. We will invite businesspeople from Gaziantep to come and invest in Macedonia, Ademi said.
Turkish schools in Macedonia happen to be some of the best in our country. We intend to open an honorary consulate general in Gaziantep, Ademi also said.
Governor Suleyman Kamci, in his part, said that Gaziantep had commercial relations with 173 countries in all corners of the world.
We need to develop our commercial relations with Macedonia, Kamci stressed.
The residents of Gaziantep are hard working people. Gaziantep is the sixth biggest province in Turkey based on commercial figures. We aim a foreign trade volume of four billion dollars in 2010. It would not be wrong to say that the global crisis had no (negative) impact on Gaziantep. While Turkey’s foreign trade shrank by 25-30 percent in 2009, Gaziantep’s foreign trade grew 6-7 percent in the same year, Kamci also said.
Ademi and his delegation later paid a visit of courtesy to the Mayor of Gaziantep Asim Guzelbey.
Mayor Guzelbey said that he was very pleased to see Ademi and his delegation in Gaziantep.
Turkey and Macedonia are two close countries. Ademi and his delegation should feel at home in Turkey. Hoping to strengthen our cultural and social relations, we would like to become a sister city of a Macedonian city, Guzelbey said.
Ademi told Guzelbey that they wanted to get to know the business world in Gaziantep closely.
Meanwhile, Ademi and his delegation visited the Gaziantep Museum of Archeology on Monday.