Gul hopes to boost regional stability with Kuwait visit

Talks on finance and defense on Turkish president's agenda

Talks on finance and defense on Turkish president's agenda

ANKARA - Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Tuesday that official talks in Kuwait will help strengthen stability and peace in a time when risks and threats against security have intensified in the region.

"Business, trade and mutual investments are key aspects of our relations," Gul told a press conference at Esenboga International Airport in the capital Ankara before he departed for Kuwait.

He will visiting the Gulf country between April 1 and 3 at the invitation of Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

Gul will attend the Turkey-Kuwait Business Forum and meet business representatives at a working breakfast, adding that he will receive CEOs of Kuwait's leading financial institutions.

"I think we can further our existing cooperation in construction, health, tourism, finance and especially defense," he said.

Gul expressed his belief that the visit will contribute to the reinforcement of Turkey-Kuwait relations. The president said he would also exchange views with Kuwaiti state officials on regional developments.

On the sixth visit at presidential level between the two countries, Gul is also scheduled to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Kuwait’s parliament speaker, deputy prime minister and foreign minister, according to the Turkish presidency's press office.

The visit coincides with the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations of the two countries.

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