Thursday, 25th June , 2009 , 00:41 [am] | Azerbaijan
President GÃ¼l pays a visit to China
Turkish President Abdullah GÃ¼l has left for China on Tuesday, June 23, for a 7-day official visit in order to take up bilateral relations. GÃ¼lâ€™s visit to four Chinese cities appears to be the first presidential contact between Turkey and China since 1995. Underlining that the commercial relations between two countries are not at the expected level, President GÃ¼l said this visit will be a milestone in terms of economic ties.
Speaking to reporters at Ankara EsenboÄŸa Airport, President GÃ¼l drew attention to the fact that â€œTurkey and China have not realized their potentials yetâ€. GÃ¼l briefly illustrated current bilateral trade volume that China has only invested $60 million last year in Turkey while her investment in the world has become around $100 billion. Turkeyâ€™s total investment in Chine appears to be more than this figures as $100 million. Due to these facts, President GÃ¼l said he is accompanied by distinguished businessmen and chairmen of business associations during the visit.
The Presidentâ€™s visit comprises four Chinese cities in a seven-day schedule.
The Presidentâ€™s plane landed Beijing International Airport at 06:40 Turkish local time. President GÃ¼l and First Lady Hayrunnisa GÃ¼l were welcomed by Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Zhai Jun, Chinaâ€™s ambassador to Turkey Gong Xiaosheng and Turkeyâ€™s ambassador to China Murat Salim Esenli.
President GÃ¼l is scheduled to meet Turkish businessmen in China at 13:00 and to attend lunch at the Turkish Embassy.
GÃ¼l met Turkish businessmen in China
President GÃ¼l met Turkish businessmen who have investments in China at the first day of his official visit. GÃ¼lâ€™s visit aims at extending economic relations between the two countries.
Currently bilateral trade volume between Turkey and China is $15.6 billion. Turkeyâ€™s share in this amount is only $1,6 billion.
President GÃ¼l appeared as a guest on TRTâ€™s live program, commenting on Iranâ€™s presidential elections
The President became a guest on TRT program on the first day of his official visit to China, saying that â€œIranâ€™s stability is important for usâ€. GÃ¼l said further that â€œTurkey expects Iran to ensure stability in the country and resolve its problems with no harm to internal peace; because instability at a neighboring country concerns Turkey; of course with no interference into its internal affairsâ€.
There will be an official welcoming ceremony for President GÃ¼l tomorrow.trt, Voice of a Nation