Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu who is paying a working visit to Netherlands inaugurated Wednesday the 3rd Turkey-Holland Conference together with his Dutch counterpart Maxime Verhagen.

Addressing the conference, Davutoglu said the conference would help boost the bilateral relations and create an opportunity to discuss regional and global issues.

Davutoglu said Turkey's EU membership bid was a national policy and their administration had no intention of abandoning it. He said Turkey's membership would help make the EU a global power.

Commenting on Turkey's foreign policy, Davutoglu said they attached great importance to protection of peace and stability in the region. Referring to the two protocols initialled with Armenia, Davutoglu said Turkey wanted to establish good relations with its neighbours.

Taking the floor after Davutoglu, Verhagen expressed happiness over the successful and fruitful course of relations between Turkey and Netherlands.

Verhagen pointed out that Turkey was Netherlands' fourth largest trade partner outside the EU adding that around 1,100 large Dutch companies were operating in Turkey. He said the Dutch government gave importance to boosting investments in foreign countries including Turkey.

The Dutch foreign minister also underlined Turkey's importance as an energy hub in meeting Europe's needs, and said the two countries could launch joint projects in this field.

Verhagen commended Turkey's role in establishing peace and prosperity in its region and its contribution to the fight against international terrorism in Afghanistan.

He said Turkey's efforts to establish good relations with its neighbours were a clear expression of its commitment to the goal of EU membership.

The conference proceeded with meetings between Turkish and Dutch delegations on education, culture and energy.

The two ministers will get together in the afternoon and hold a joint press conference after their meeting.

News: AA

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