Rajoy, Erdogan meet in Madrid on bilateral issues

2012-11-27 15:27:50 GMT2012-11-27 23:27:50(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

MADRID, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Tuesday received visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on bilateral cooperation.

The two leaders used the first meeting between them in Spain to discuss issues such as investment opportunities for Spanish companies in Turkey, as well as international issues, such as the current situation in Syria.

Rajoy and Erdogan had met previously in South Korean capital Seoul during the summit on nuclear security.

Rajoy repeated his support for Turkey joining the European Union providing that the Turks are able to meet requirements.

Highlighting the current good relations between the two countries, both parties believe there is room for further improvement, especially in economic affairs.

In September 2011, then Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero travelled to Ankara for a visit in which Turkey offered opportunities for cooperation in business, infrastructures, transport and energy.

Tuesday's meeting saw Rajoy give his support to Spanish companies in those sectors, where Spain counts with several leaders on a world level.

Rajoy and Erdogan also discussed issues such as the Union of the Mediterranean, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iran's nuclear program.

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