Turkish premier arrives in South Africa
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in South Africa on Monday, AA reported.
Erdogan is visiting South Africa between October 3 and 5 at an invitation by South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.
Before travelling to this country, Erdogan said Turkey placed special importance to relations with South Africa as "the most developed economy and democracy of the continent."
"We will pen some very important agreements with South Africa that would strengthen the foundations of our relations," Erdogan said.
Erdogan said Turkey's exports to South Africa had seen a remarkable improvement over the past few years, reaching one billion USD in the first seven months of 2011, adding in 2010 the figure was 1.2 billion USD.
The Turkish premier also said that Turkish investments in South Africa had reached 400 million USD.
A large delegation of Turkish bureaucrats and businesspeople accompany Erdogan on his visit.