King, Turkish president hold talks in Ankara….1st t and final add

In turn, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomed His Majesty’s visit to Turkey, lauding the deep-rooted and historical relations between the two countries.

Erdogan said he highly appreciated Jordan’s solidarity in the fight against the Fatahullah Gulen’s terrorist organization in Jordan.

“The current level of trade between our two countries has reached nearly $1 billion,” the Turkish President added, noting that through investments and major projects: “We will be able to increase it to higher levels.” He pointed out that the agreements of trade, investment promotion, investment protection and visa exemption signed between the two countries during the past 5-6 years have greatly contributed to strengthening bilateral relations.

He expressed the hope to achieve balance in both countries’ economic relations, noting that Turkey has taken specific steps to move forward in this regard.

Erdogan said there is great potential for further cooperation between the two countries in the fields of trade, defense industries, investment in infrastructure and tourism.

On Jerusalem, the Turkish president emphasized that his country and Jordan share the same sentiment regarding the preservation of the holiness and historical status of Jerusalem.

He lauded Jordan’s important role as the custodian of the Holy sites in Jerusalem.

“Any such false step may cause indignation in the Islamic world, dynamiting the ground for peace and igniting new tensions and clashes,” the Turkish president warned.

Erdogan added: “As President of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation, I hope and call for an extraordinary summit on December 13 in Istanbul.” “A day before the leaders’ summit, foreign ministers will hold priority talks and agree on decisions to be taken at the summit. We will issue a final statement to the whole world,” Erdogan noted.

He said the Muslim world will play an important role in standing up to protect the status quo in Jerusalem, adding that he will continue to communicate closely with King Abdullah, as the current President of the Arab Summit.

The Turkish President stressed that the legal status of Jerusalem has resulted from a set of United Nations resolutions, and any step that might tamper with it must be avoided, noting that no one has the right to manipulate the fate of billions of people for personal gains and intentions and any step in this direction will serve more radical terrorist organizations.

Erdogan said that he and King Abdullah discussed the latest developments in Syria, Iraq and the refugees crisis. Both leaders agreed on the importance of preserving the territorial integrity of Syria and Iraq.

With regard to hosting Syrian and Iraqi refugees, 3 million in Turkey and 1.3 million in Jordan, President Erdogan said Turkey and Jordan will intensify their cooperation in this regard in the future, in order to contribute to peace, prosperity and security in the region.

The two leaders held expanded talks, attended by senior officials from both countries, dealing with ways to improve trade between Jordan and Turkey and increase Jordanian exports to Turkish markets, especially since the volume of trade between them has reached $1 billion annually and is expected to double in the near future.

Talks also tackled mutual cooperation inn the fields of logistics, tourism, joint projects between the public and private sectors in both countries, infrastructure, transportation, water, roads and vocational and higher education.

Source: Jordan News Agency