During the joint press conference, President Gül suggested that the whole world should learn from the great friendship and mutual respect between Turkey and Australia that stemmed from the Çanakkale Land Battles 95th years ago.
President Abdullah Gül welcomed the Governor General of Australia, Quentin Bryce, visiting Turkey on the occasion of the 95th Anniversary of Çanakkale Land Battles, with an official ceremony at the Çankaya Presidential Palace.
Having had a tete-a-tete, the two leaders chaired the talks between their delegations and held a joint press conference.
Revealing his pleasure to welcome the Australian Governor General, Quentin Bryce to Turkey, President Gül claimed that the whole world should learn from the great friendship and mutual respect between Turkey and Australia that stemmed from the Çanakkale Land Battles 95th years ago.
“WHAT MATTERS IS THAT REAPING FRIENDSHIP FROM THE PAST EVENTS”
Our great leader Atatürk, recalled the President, had called on both Australian and New Zealander mothers, exclaiming: “Your children are entrusted to us from now on!” The Turkish Republic, continued President Gül, has kept her promise ever since. He further stated that history had witnessed many events and reiterated that what is important is to build friendship out of the past events.
COMMON VALUES IN TURKISH-AUSTRALIAN RELATIONS
Informing the press members that they had reviewed the economic, political and cultural relations between the two countries, President Gül noted that Turkish-Australian bilateral relations are based on such common values as democracy, respect to the human rights and free market economy, adding that both countries have common stances towards such important worldly matters.
“BOTH COUNTRIES ARE RESOLUTE TO DEVELOP THE BILATERAL ECONOMIC RELATIONS”
Laying emphasis upon the will of the two countries to improve their bilateral economic relations, President Gül announced Australia and Turkey as the world’s 14th and 17th biggest economies respectively and he later stressed that the present 1 billion dollar trade volume between the two countries could be raised.
The President, expressing his happiness with the political relations between Turkey and Australia, asserted that the signing of the agreements such as the agreement to prevent double taxation and the agreement on aeronautics demonstrated their resoluteness.
He also evinced his pride for the achievements of the 150,000 Australian citizens of Turkish origin who contribute to the development of the bilateral relations between the two countries.
BRYCE INVITES GÜL TO AUSTRALIA
Expressing her pleasure to be visiting Turkey, Governor General Bryce announced that both countries had worked together for the 100th Anniversary of the Çanakkale Land Battles that will be held in Gallipoli in 2015. She further underscored the contribution of the high-level reciprocal visits between the two nation to the development of the relations between both countries and then invited President Gül to Australia.
DINNER IN HONOR OF AUSTRALIAN GOVERNOR GENERAL
The First Couple have an official dinner in honor of the Governor General of Australia, Quentin Bryce and her spouse, Michael Bryce at their Residence.