Istanbul, 04 March (STA) - Prime Minister Borut Pahor, who is on a two-day visit to Turkey, attended the Turkish-Slovenian business conference in Istanbul on Friday, stressing the great interest for cooperation between businessmen of the two countries, the PM's office said.
Touching on Thursday's signing of a memorandum on strategic partnership between the countries, Pahor said that "it is opening a new chapter in political and economic relations".
According to him, Slovenia "is a strong supporter of Turkey joining the EU", because in the long term this will strengthen the stability of the whole region and is thus in the interest of both the union and Turkey.
Moreover, the accession will create ample business opportunities in the large and fast growing Turkish market.
He stressed that Slovenia, while small, is a member of the EU and the eurozone and can as such offer a great deal even to large countries.
To confirm the good relations between the countries, Pahor said that Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whom he met on Thursday, would visit Slovenia in the coming months.
Accompanied in Turkey by representatives of 28 Slovenian companies, the PM will meet Turkish executives in the afternoon and conclude the visit by meeting the Turkish President Abdullah Gul.