On April 1, 2011, Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun and Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu of the Turkish Foreign Ministry co-chaired the first meeting of the joint working group of the two Foreign Ministries in Ankara. Zhang also met with Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Çiçek and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Both sides exchanged in-depth views on China-Turkey relations as well as international and regional issues of common concern.
|Vice Foreign Minister Zhang meets with Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Çiçek |
Zhang spoke highly of bilateral ties, saying that since the establishment of diplomatic ties 40 years ago, the political trust between the two countries has been increasing, pragmatic cooperation has been advanced and humanities exchanges have become closer. Both sides have maintained sound cooperation in regional and international affairs. During Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to Turkey last year, both sides declared the establishment of strategic cooperative relationship, opening up a new chapter for bilateral ties. Zhang expressed hope that both sides would further tap huge potential in the ties, enhance political contacts at all levels and conduct economic and trade cooperation of mutual benefit. He urged both sides to support each other and play a positive and constructive role in regional and international issues.
|Vice Foreign Minister Zhang meets with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu |
The Turkish side appreciated the enormous achievements in China's economic and social development, adding Turkey is consistent in its political will of developing relations with China. Turkey adheres to the one-China principle, respects China's core interests and concerns and hopes to strengthen cooperation with China in all areas.
|Vice Foreign Minister Zhang shakes hands with Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu of the Turkish Foreign Ministry |
Officials of the Foreign Ministries of the two countries held group discussions. They held in-depth consultations on bilateral ties, regional and international issues and reached broad consensus. Both sides agreed that the next meeting of the joint working group will be held in Beijing next year.