Spain expects the summit with Turkey to be “very successful”

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The Spanish government expects that the eighth summit with its Turkish counterpart tomorrow, Thursday, will be very successful and contribute to bringing the current relations closer.

Sources in the Spanish Prime Minister’s Office reported that the summit, which will be held under the chairmanship of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, will move political, diplomatic and economic relations to higher levels.

It stressed that the two countries have very important and strong bilateral relations, noting that Turkey and the European Union continue their positive agenda.

The sources added: “Spain holds this type of high-level intergovernmental summits with a limited number of countries, and Turkey is one of them. Six ministers from Turkey and 8 from Spain will participate in the summit. In addition, President Erdogan will be accompanied by more than 150 businessmen, and we expect the summit to be “Very successful.”

It pointed out that Turkey is a strategic player in the region and is making very diligent diplomatic efforts to stop the Ukrainian-Russian war and the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip.

It noted that Spain’s recognition of the Palestinian state was greatly appreciated by Turkey and other countries in the region, and said: “For this reason, we attach great importance to regional and international cooperation.”

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It revealed that following the summit, 13 bilateral agreements will be signed between the ministries and government institutions of the two countries, 4 of which are related to trade, 2 to energy and the environment, 2 to scientific cooperation, and the rest are related to business, culture, sports, maritime transport, and social services.

On the other hand, the sources said that the work forum scheduled to be held on the sidelines of the summit will strengthen relations between the two countries and open new doors.

Representatives of 150 Turkish companies are participating in the business forum scheduled to be held at the headquarters of the Spanish banking group Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, according to the sources.

It explained that the forum will witness bilateral and joint meetings for various sectors and a special meeting on defense and security industries.

The current bilateral trade volume between Spain and Turkey is about 18 billion euros, with Spanish officials confirming that the new target is 25 billion euros.

Earlier Wednesday, President Erdogan headed to the Spanish capital, Madrid, to participate in the eighth government summit between the two countries, accompanied by a number of ministers, the head of the intelligence service, Ibrahim Kalin, and his chief foreign policy advisor, Akif Çağatay Kılıç.

It is noteworthy that the government summit between Turkey and Spain was launched for the first time in 2009 with a meeting in Istanbul, and it is considered a reflection of the historical and positive relations that exist between the two sides.