[EMIRATES] GCC set to boost ties with Turkey

Gulf states will sign an accord with Turkey aimed at boosting ties between the pro-Western Arab bloc and Ankara.

"The memorandum of understanding (MoU) to be inked in the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah tomorrow will provide for co-operation in the economic, political and security domains," GCC secretary-general Abdulrahman Al Attiyah said yesterday.

Al Attiyah said GCC foreign ministers are due to meet in Jeddah tomorrow and will hold talks with their Turkish counterpart Ali Babacan on the sidelines of the meeting. The MoU will pave the way for the conclusion of a free trade agreement between the GCC and Turkey that has been under negotiation since 2005, he said.

"Turkey has an important role in the region. It is a balanced and moderate role," Al Attiyah said.

Al Attiyah said the GCC ministers will also discuss Iran's recent decision to set up two new facilities on one of three Gulf islands disputed with the UAE.

Source: Gulf Daily News

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