Erdogan: Algeria is one of the major gateways for Turkey in Africa

Erdogan: Algeria is one of the major gateways for Turkey in Africa

Turkey stands firmly with the people of Libya in their time of need, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday.

In a joint press conference with his Algerian counterpart Abdelmadjid Tebboune, the Turkish President stressed: “we are determined to stand with our Libyan brothers”, adding that Ankara wants to secure peace in Libya and prevent foreign interventions against the UN-recognized government.

Referring to the agreement reached in Berlin, he said that “we fully support the US-led political process for a ceasefire embraced by the Libyans”.

During their meeting, the two leaders discussed possible co-operation in the fields of economy, trade, defense and tourism, and an agreement was signed on the establishment of the Turkey-Algeria Supreme Cooperation Council.

Speaking at the Algeria Turkey Business Forum, the Turkish President noted: “We see Algeria as a friendly and fraternal country as well as one of our strategic partners in North Africa. Algeria is one of Turkey’s major gateways to the Maghreb and Africa”.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan went on to stress that it was decided to increase the volume of bilateral trade to USD 5 billion as soon as possible, while stressing the need for a free trade and financial agreement to further deepen the two countries’ economic relations.

Noting Turkey’s significant progress in the defence industry, President Erdoσεan expressed Turkey’s desire to further cooperate with Algeria in this area.

President Erdoğan also met with the President of the National People’s Assembly of Algeria, Slimane Chenine and the President of the Algerian National Council Salah Goudjil./ibna