(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) The six Gulf countries and Turkey on Saturday concluded the Turkey-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) High Level Strategic Dialogue Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Istanbul.
The UAE was represented to the meeting by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister.
At the meeting, Turkey and the Gulf Cooperation Council (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Oman) discussed ways to advance their cooperation and relations.
A decision was made by the ministers to hold the 5th Turkey-GCC High Level Strategic Dialogue- Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Bahrain and a forum for businessmen on 6 February in Turkey.
In remarks at a joint press conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the setting up of a committee on strategic dialogue between Turkey and the GCC was a sound decision and is in the interest of joint action as the welfare of the peoples of the region.
Trade between Turkey and GCC countries grew by 36% while investments by GCC countries in Turkey went up to US30 billion, he noted.
The two sides will continue to advance relations in many areas including the construction of a high-speed railway between Turkey and the Gulf, he added.
Davutoglu also said Turkey and GCC countries support the Arab League's efforts in Syria as Turkey and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
He said that they all hoped the Syrian government would implement proposals made by the Arab League, take the necessary measures to end pressure on the people of Syria and begin a process of political reforms.