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Turkey-US strategic partnership necessary for stability: president

Türkiye Materials 26 September 2008 12:29 (UTC +04:00)

Turkish President Abdullah Gul said Turkey would keep working with the United States in order to contribute to regional and global security, reported Worldbulletin.

The relationship between Turkey and the United States was established on universal values such as democracy, human rights, rule of law and free market economy, he said in a meeting organized by the American-Turkish Society in New York.

Turkish-U.S. relations have reached a point of strategic partnership and a sound Turkish-American partnership was necessary for regional and global security and, Gul said.

President Gul said U.S. business circles attached stronger interest in making trade with Turkey and investing in the county in the recent years and trade volume between the two countries amounted to 12 billion USD in 2007.

In regard to Turkey's EU bid, Gul said it was a strategic goal for the country and the accession process has been advancing.

"I am sure that Turkey's EU accession will yield favorable outcomes outside of both Turkey and the EU," he said.

Gul said a remarkable increase in foreign investments in Turkey showed that there has been great improvement in economic potential of Turkey.

Asked whether there is anti-Americanism in Turkey, Gul said there was an atmosphere against American policies in the world and also in Turkey, but it was not against American people and America.

Replying to a question on Caucasus, Gul said the situation that appeared in Caucasus was extremely depressing.

Turkey always defended that Georgia's territorial integrity and political unity were indispensable and it attached great importance to stability in Caucasus, he stated.

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