Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that they could not designate the country's foreign policy in line with someone else's directives, adding, "we designate our foreign policy on our own."

Speaking at the Turkey-Syria Business Council meeting in Damascus as part of his official visit to Syria, Prime Minister Erdogan said, "Turkish and Syrian businessmen can invest in the third countries by establishing joint companies."

"When we come to the political power seven years ago, the gross domestic product was 230 billion USD. By the end of 2008, Turkey's gross domestic product became 742 billion USD. Turkey's exports rose to 132 billion USD from 36 billion USD in the last seven years. Turkish construction sector has a business volume of 140 billion USD in 70 different countries. We have made significant reforms and provided our private sector with many facilities," he said.

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