Slovenia promises support for Turkey's EU membership bid
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Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (R) shakes hands with his visiting Slovenian counterpart Janez Jansa in Ankara, capital of Turkey, Nov. 21, 2007. Jansa paid an official visit to Turkey Wednesday.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (R) shakes hands with his visiting Slovenian counterpart Janez Jansa in Ankara, capital of Turkey, Nov. 21, 2007. Jansa paid an official visit to Turkey Wednesday. (Xinhua Photo)
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    ANKARA, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa on Wednesday pledged his country's support for Turkey's bid for the European Union (EU) membership.

    Jansa made the statement at a joint press conference following his talks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Turkish capital.

    Slovenia, which is to take the rotating EU presidency in 2008, extends full support to enlargement of EU, and the EU reform agreement to be signed in December is very important within that scope, Jansa said.

    Jansa stated that the recent Progress Report of EU on Turkey was objective, and they believe Turkey will rapidly fulfill adjustment efforts.

    Jansa also recalled that Turkey and Slovenia are allies in NATO, while thanking Turkey for its support to Slovenia's NATO and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) memberships.

    The cooperation between Turkey and Slovenia is developing rapidly, and there is "big untapped potential" between the two countries, said Jansa, adding that the cooperation in tourism, commerce, transportation and logistics areas should be further developed.

    The Slovenian prime minister also stressed the importance of railway line between Turkey and Slovenia in the aspect of logistics.

    Erdogan, for his part, highlighted the importance of Jansa's visit, saying that Turkey expects Slovenia, as the next EU president, to take necessary steps regarding the Cyprus issue and settle it in line with United Nations' efforts.

    Erdogan also called on Turkish and Slovenian businessmen to enhance investment, adding "our bilateral trade volume is expected to reach one billion U.S. dollars at the end of this year."

    During Jansa's visit, Turkey and Slovenia also signed agreements on agriculture, health, communication technologies, and academic cooperation.

Editor: Yan Liang
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