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23 February 2010 [19:15] - Today.Az
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Spain never left Turkey alone in European Union (EU) process.
"Spain had experienced the difficulties we have been going through. Spain is one of the countries that understand Turkey the best," Erdogan said while speaking at a joint new conference with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luiz Rodriguez Zapatero.
Erdogan attended a conference "Turkey-Spain: Common Vision for Peace, Stability and Prosperity" hosted by Nueva Economia Forum in Madrid.
"The meetings in Spain were very fruitful. I believe that there is a promising future in front of us. We are trying to boost political, military, commercial and economic relations," Erdogan said.
Erdogan said Turkey and Spain, as the two co-chairmen in Alliance of Civilizations, entered an assertive process, "Contribution of the Alliance of Civilizations to world peace and global peace will be very different. I think this initiative will be in an important way out in dealing with terrorism. Different cultures will be considered as richness."
Erdogan said around 350 Spanish businessmen invested in Turkey, "nearly 70 Turkish businessmen are investing in Spain. Cooperation in energy is in question. I believe that the parties will make very important steps both in wind and solar energy. Talks are underway. We need solidarity in renewable energy. We also have joint works carried out in food, particularly in olive and olive oil."
Erdogan said they also assessed developments regarding unity for the Mediterranean process, "I believe that both Turkey and Spain have assignments within the Mediterranean basin. Mediterranean is a basin of civilizations. Turkey and Spain have solidarity in dealing with terrorism. A joint platform is necessary in the world against terrorism. Dealing with terrorism requires a joint fight."