Turkey willing to improve ties with Macedonia: Caglayan October 13, 2010Posted by Yilan in Macedonia, Turkey.
Tags: Macedonia, Turkey, Turkish State Minister for foreign trade Zafer Caglayan
Turkish State Minister for foreign trade Zafer Caglayan, who met Macedonia’s Deputy Prime Minister Abdilaqim Ademi, said that Macedonia would become a shining star in the Balkans.
Caglayan and Ademi had a meeting in Ankara on Tuesday.
At the meeting, Caglayan said that Macedonia was a very important country for Turkey as the two countries had historical and cultural ties.
Turkey is willing to improve political, commercial and economic relation with Macedonia, Caglayan said, adding that he gave encouraging advises to Turkish firms for more investments in Macedonia.
Turkish companies’ investments in this country reached $180 million and the size of their business totaled $500 million.
Caglayan said Turkish and Macedonian companies could cooperate especially in transportation and construction.
Ademi, on his part, described Turkey and Macedonia as very close countries more than two kins and he said that Turkish companies should regard Macedonia as a market with a population of 200 million, not a country that has a population of 2 million.
Macedonia should be seen as a gateway to expand to Europe, he said.