SamarasGreece rely on TAP and Southern Energy Corridor, said the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos, in welcoming the participants in the Greek-Turkish business forum. The forum was attended businessmen from both countries, Greek ministers and the Turkish delegation led by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. According to Venizelos “it is extremely important to fully be realized joint projects such as the construction of TAP, which is an extension of the Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline (TANAP), and the creation of the Southern Energy Corridor, which opens a new page in relations between the two countries”.

    “Moreover according to the recent events in connection with South Stream, both other projects receive additional essential dimension in terms of economic development, and international policy”, stressed Venizelos. “Turkey is a big country, a big market, a candidate country for EU membership, and Greece constant support Turkey’s European perspective, of course, subject to the conditions that are valid for each candidate country”, added Greek Deputy Prime Minister.

    Venizelos stressed that “the key to accelerating the development of bilateral relations and the full normalization of Greek-Turkish relations represent Cyprus issue, respect for international law, especially international maritime law”.

    For his part, Prime Minister of Greece Antonis Samaras said in his address to the forum participants that the significant strengthening of trade and business relations between Greece and Turkey in recent years has been mirrored by a sharp increase in the volume of bilateral trade.

    “From 1.062 billion EUR in 2000, this volume reached 4.3 billion EUR in 2013”, said Samaras. “In particular, the last two years and the first eight months of 2014, Turkey was the first volume of Greek exports and occupied 15th place in terms of Greek imports. These figures speak for themselves”, said he said. The Prime Minister announced that Greek investments in Turkey are now reaching 6.6 billion EUR, covering a wide range industries, wrote Monday. “On the other hand, in recent years there has been significant investment by Turkish companies in Greece, mainly in the field of tourism infrastructure and manufacturing”, said Samaras.