Norway to Cooperate with Turkey in Peacemaking Efforts

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday that Turkey wanted to work more closely with Norway in relation to developments in the Middle East, the Palestinian issue, Afghanistan and the Balkans.

“We will engage in joint efforts as much as possible, so that peace and stability dominate in these regions,” Davutoglu said after the signing ceremony with his Norwegian counterpart, Jonas Gahr Støre.

Davutoglu hailed Turkey’s relations with Norway as “exceptional” and expressed his delight to cooperate with his counterpart in the international arena, who he said is “one of the most hard-working foreign ministers and particularly stands out with peace initiatives.”

The two foreign ministers discussed bilateral relations and regional developments and both countries are determined to increase bilateral trade volume, which currently stands at $1.1 billion.

Davutoglu told reporters that he discussed the developments in Libya with Store and said he considers Norway’s mediation experience is quite valuable.

Støre said Turkey is an important part of the agenda-making process in current regional and global matters, adding that despite vast historical, geographical and cultural differences, the two countries have complementary characteristics. Støre said both countries have a different perspectives in regional stability and harmony and that there is a great potential for cooperation between the two countries.

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