Turkey, Guinea sign deals on multiple areas

Turkey and Guinea sign deals in several areas during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent African tour

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Guinea's President Alpha Conde (L) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (2nd L) shake hands after Conde presents "Grand Croix" medal of honor to the Turkish President before a meeting in Conakry, Guinea on March 3, 2016.

Turkey and Guinea signed multiple deals in areas including defence, health and energy during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent visit to the west African nation.

Erdogan arrived in the Guinean capital Conakry on Thursday, accompanied by some 230 businessmen, as part of a regional tour that included stops in Ivory Coast, Ghana and Nigeria.

The new deals could increase annual trade between the two countries from 69 million dollars to 500 million dollars (63 to 456 million euros), Erdogan told the delegation in Turkish, without specifying a time period for the growth.

Erdogan also said that Turkey and Guinea should increase their bilateral relations by building bonds of brotherhood.

The two countries signed "conventions and cooperation agreements in the domains of national defence, tourism, mining, energy, health and environment," a Guinean government spokesman said, describing the deals as a "win-win" without giving further details.

Guinean President Alpha Conde described his Turkish counterpart's visit as "just as important for the Turks as it is for us."

"[We] need a healthy and sustainable economic recovery" following the Ebola epidemic that hit west Africa in 2013, he said.

TRTWorld and agencies