18 April 2012The Finnish minister of foreign trade & European affairs said on Wednesday that Turkey's European Union (EU) membership was for the best interests of the country and the union.
Cai-Goran Alexander Stubb said Turkey was one of the most important five countries in the world thanks to its strategic location, role as a bridge between the east and west, magnitude, demographic characteristics, population, history, traditions, culture and economic growth.
Finland thought that Turkey's EU membership would be for the best interests of the country and the union, Stubb said during his meeting with Turkey's Transportation, Maritime and Communication Minister Binali Yildirim in Ankara.
Stubb said Finland was a strong and loyal supporter of Turkey's EU membership bid, adding that both the EU and Turkey would make use of the membership.
Yildirim, in his part, said the new incentive package of the government would bring new opportunities to businessmen and hoped that Finnish businessmen would make use of this package.
The minister expressed hope that Finnish businessmen would make more investments in Turkey after Stubb's visit.
Turkish-Finnish trade volume was 1.6 billion USD in 2011.