Turkey aims to boost trade with Denmark to $5 bln

Turkey's president will be in Denmark on March 17 and 18

Turkey's president will be in Denmark on March 17 and 18

ANKARA - Turkey seeks to boost its trade volume with Denmark to $5 billion, said Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Monday at Ankara's Esenboga airport before his departure for Copenhagen.  

"Our trade volume with Denmark is currently around $1.8 billion, and Turkey aims to increase this figure up to $5 billion as soon as possible,"  he noted in a press conference. 

This is Gul's first state visit between the two countries. The president will be in the country on March 17 and 18 at the invitation of Denmark's Queen Margrethe II and will be accompanied by a delegation that includes Turkey's Finance Minster Mehmet Simsek, Turkish lawmakers, academics, as well as media and business representatives.

Gul will attend the Turkish-Danish Trade and Investment Forum to be held in Copenhagen on Monday and his visit will include business and trade talks as well talks of further cooperation between Turkey and Denmark mainly within NATO.

The Turkish president cited Denmark as being one of the "strong supporters" of Turkey on its path towards full EU membership, calling it one of the key aspects of Turkey-Denmark relations.

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