Yemen's Prime Minister Muhammad Salim Basindwa has said that Yemen is proud of Turkey as a regional partner, expressing hope that Turkey will also be an international power in the near future, the Anatolia news agency reported on Sunday.
Speaking at the Turkey-Yemen Business Forum in Sana'a on Sunday, Basindwa thanked Turkey for its stance on the Arab Spring revolutions, saying that Turkey has treated at least 150 Yemeni citizens, sent two ambulances to Yemen for use in the country and committed to setting up a field hospital.
Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, who also attended the forum, said that high-level political dialogue between Turkey and Yemen would continue, adding that Turkey would do its best to contribute to the restoration the political stability of Yemen. Davutoğlu called on Turkish businesspeople to make investments in Yemen and also said that all doors were open for Yemeni businesspeople in Turkey.
Both officials were present at the inauguration of the Turkish International School in Yemen. Basindwa expressed hope that Yemeni schools would achieve the level of Turkish schools and said that they were looking forward to opening a Turkish university in Yemen.
Davutoğlu arrived in Yemen's capital of Sana'a on Saturday, where he also met with his Yemeni counterpart, Foreign Minister Abu Bakr Abdullah al-Qirbi.
News excerpt from Sunday's Zaman, 21 October 2012, Sunday
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