Saturday, October 28, 2017

Turkey seeking to revive ancient Silk Road with China

Xinhua| 2017-10-28  

ISTANBUL, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Saturday that his country is seeking to join efforts with China to revive the ancient Silk Road.  "China is an important country in all respects. It is a country that we want to develop our relations and revive the historical Silk Road together," the top Turkish envoy said in remarks delivered in Turkey's southeastern city of Sanliurfa.  "It includes many issues -- economy, security and others," he was quoted as saying by the state-run Anadolu Agency.  Cavusoglu noted that Emin Onen, a former member of parliament from Sanliurfa, has been appointed the ambassador to China.  "I am sure that Emin Onen will represent Turkey there in the best possible way," he said.  Turkey has agreed to align its Middle Corridor project with China's Belt and Road Initiative, or the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road, which aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along and beyond the ancient trade routes.

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