Turkey's foreign minister sees Georgia's stability same as Turkey's
Turkey's foreign minister said on Friday that Turkey considered Georgia's stability and welfare as its own stability and welfare, Anadolu News Agency reported.
Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey also saw Batumi's and Adjara's welfare the same as its Black Sea littoral provinces.
"If this region acts as a whole, then it can develop, otherwise the region cannot get developed," Davutoglu told reporters in Batumi.
Batumi is the first stop of Davutoglu in his two-day visit to Georgia. After visiting Batumi, Davutoglu will proceed to the Georgian capital of Tbilisi to meet President Mikhail Saakashvili and his Georgian counterpart Grigol Vashadze.
"We want to boost our relations with all our neighbors and live in full integration," Davutoglu said.
Davutoglu said Turkey had made great progress in its relations with some of its neighbors like Syria, Georgia, Iraq, Greece, Bulgaria, Russia and Iran.
Turkey considered borders as doors connecting it to brotherly and friendly neighboring countries, not as separating them, Davutoglu said.
Davutoglu said Turkey was the number one trade partner of Georgia in terms of exports and imports, and had significant investments in that country.
Batumi airport had become a port of joint use thanks to good relations with Georgia, Davutoglu said.
Davutoglu said he was planning to make progress in boosting relations with Georgia during his visit, and underlined importance of economic and cultural relations as well as political relations.
"The more Turkish businessmen make investments and trade here and contribute to Georgia's economy, the stronger Turkish-Georgian relations would be," Davutoglu also said.