Turkey, Italy to deepen cooperation in defense industry

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Deepening cooperation between Turkey and Italy in the defense industry serves mutual interests, as the two states are on the same page, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.

Ahead of the press conference, the two countries signed nine cooperation agreements in several fields. (AA)

Turkey and Italy will deepen cooperation in the defense industry, the Turkish president said.

Speaking at a press conference with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said deepening cooperation between Turkey and Italy in the defense industry serves mutual interests and that the two States were on the same wavelength.

Erdogan also said that Turkey and Italy are ready to sign an agreement on the SAMP/T air defense system project as soon as possible.

“We discussed the matter again in our meeting today, and our Defense Ministers treated it in the same way, we want to sign the SAMP/T as soon as possible. There is no no problem in our agreement, we also have an agreement with (French President Emmanuel) Macron,” Erdogan said.

Ahead of the press conference, the two countries signed nine cooperation agreements in several fields.

Erdogan also said the two leaders discussed Turkey-EU relations, adding: “I want to say that I thank him for Italy’s support in improving our relations with the Union.” .

Draghi appreciates the role of Türkiye

“Developments in our region have demonstrated once again concretely that Turkey is important in many areas for the EU,” Erdogan said.

For his part, Draghi said, “We face great challenges, starting with the war in Ukraine, and we want to work together to overcome them.”

Italy and Turkey are “united in condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine and in supporting kyiv. At the same time, we are on the front line in seeking a negotiated solution that could end hostilities and guarantee a stable and lasting peace “, he added. .

Draghi thanked Turkey for its mediating role in unblocking grain exports from Ukraine, adding: “We must release these (exports) as soon as possible to avoid a humanitarian and social catastrophe in the poorest countries of the world. “.

At the G7 meeting in Elmau, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres outlined the lines of a plan the UN is working on, which foresees a central role for Turkey, he said. declared.

The Italian Prime Minister also said stabilization in Libya was crucial, noting that Italy and Turkey will work closely together for this.

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Source: AA

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