Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday Macedonia has never been far for those living in Turkey. Speaking at the Turkish-Macedonian Business Forum in Istanbul on Saturday, Erdogan said that the Turks never saw the friends and brothers in Macedonia as people far away.

I believe that our solidarity and discussions at the highest level will carry Turkish-Macedonian relations further, Erdogan noted.

Nowadays, we are taking steps in the Middle East and Russia and removing visa requirements. We want to see Turkish-Macedonian businesspeople working hand in hand in such regions, Erdogan stressed.

We have always encouraged trade with Macedonia and will continue to do so, Erdogan said.

Turkey's trade volume with Macedonia is around 350 million USD. This figure is not adequate, Erdogan said.

Prime Minister of Macedonia, Nikola Gruevski, in his part said that the Macedonian government leases land up to 99 years.

"The Republic of Macedonia can offer land to Turkish companies," Gruevski said.

Our common goals with Turkey are to reach EU standards, establish dynamic economies and have more strength in competition, Gruevski also said.