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)
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
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
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
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.