Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday vowed to boost Turkey’s trade volume with the Southern African nation of Angola.
Speaking at a joint press conference with his Angolan counterpart Joao Manuel Gonalves Lourenco in the capital Ankara, Erdogan said: "Our trade volume with Angola is $176 million. The current trade volume is very low for such two powerful countries. We agreed to reach a $500 million trade volume as a first stage.”
"After the UN General Assembly (this September), we will pay a return visit to Angola with a group of businessmen. We want to start high-level visits between the two countries,” he said.
Turkey will stand by Angola as a country that has proven itself in its fight against terrorism, Erdogan added.
Lourenco, for his part, said agreements signed Tuesday between Turkey and Angola will pave the way for Turkish investors to visit and make investments in Angola with more confidence, and this also applies to Angolan investors.
“With the signed agreements, we want to take back the time we lost for years and reach the top in bilateral relations and trade volume,” he said.
Earlier on Tuesday, Erdogan welcomed Lourenco with an official ceremony at the Presidential Complex.
One-on-one and delegation meetings were followed by a signing ceremony of bilateral agreements.