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Wang Yi: Expand Cooperation and Enhance Mutual Trust to Push China-Turkey Strategic Cooperative Relations for Greater Development

On November 13, 2016 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu of Turkey jointly met the press in Ankara after the 1st meeting of China-Turkey foreign ministers' consultation mechanism.

Wang Yi said that the 1st meeting of China-Turkey foreign ministers' consultation mechanism is to implement the important consensus reached by President Xi Jinping and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their meeting last year. It aims at comprehensively strengthening strategic cooperation between the two countries in bilateral and multilateral affairs. I had a candid and in-depth talk with Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu just now, and we have reached a great deal of new consensus on China-Turkey relations and issues of common interests.

Both sides agree to fully implement the outcomes of the three meetings held by the two heads of state since last year, seize the new opportunities that bilateral relations face and push bilateral strategic cooperative relations for greater development.

Both sides agree to dovetail development strategies and achieve mutual benefit and win-win results. China-Turkey cooperation enjoys a good foundation, strong complementarity and broad prospects. Both sides should deepen the docking between the "Belt and Road" initiative and Turkey's "Middle Corridor" initiative, put forward new cooperation concepts and patterns, and focus on promoting large cooperation projects including the East-West High-speed Railway, for the sake of early harvest and common development.

Both sides agree to deepen anti-terrorism cooperation and safeguard common security. China and Turkey are both victims of terrorism. Strengthening security and counter-terrorism cooperation conforms to the common interests of both countries, is conducive to building political mutual trust at a fundamental level, provides a solid foundation and opens up broader prospects for bilateral pragmatic cooperation. Both sides pledge to firmly support each other's efforts in safeguarding national sovereignty, security and stability, and never allow any events that undermine the other country’s national security in their own territory.

Both sides agree to adhere to political settlement and maintain regional peace. The situation in Western Asia and North Africa should be put to an end. Both sides should strengthen international anti-terrorism cooperation to prevent the spread of terrorism and extremism forces, stick to solving regional hotspot issues through political solutions under the guidance of the United Nations, and seek practical solutions that accommodate the concerns of all parties.

Wang Yi said that this year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Turkey. Over the past 45 years, China-Turkey relations have gone through an extraordinary journey and entered a mature and stable development stage. As two large developing countries and important emerging economies, both countries enjoy huge space and potential in cooperation even though there are still some problems between them. China is willing to make joint efforts with Turkey to constantly expand cooperation, enhance mutual trust and eliminate interference, so as to jointly open up a brighter future for China-Turkey relations.

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