N'Djamena - The visiting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chadian President Idriss Deby held wide ranging talks. In a joint declaration following the talks, the two countries spoke in unison on a host of international issues including Jerusalem and terrorism besides reiterating their determination to forge closer bilateral ties.
Erdogan's visit to Chad is the second stop on his three-nation African tour, starting with Sudan and ending with Tunisia.
Deby expressed his pleasure at the historic visit, the first-ever by a Turkish president to the Central African nation. Both presidents unconditionally condemned terrorism and jointly vowed to fight terrorism, and expressed sympathy with Palestine.
In meetings, Chadian officials expressed the expectation that Turkish firms will take part in the construction of two major projects -an airport and a bridge as well as oil research and management in the country.
During their meetings, the two countries' delegations touched on bilateral cooperation and important regional and international issues. On recent developments concerning Jerusalem, the delegations stressed that the unilateral U.S. decision to recognize the holy city as Israel's capital is unacceptable and null and void.
They also called on for a just, lasting, and comprehensive peaceful solution for Jerusalem, on the basis of a two-state vision. They stressed that a Palestinian state, one which is independent, sovereign, and has a geographical integrity, with East Jerusalem as its capital and within the 1967 borders, is the main condition for peace and stability in the region.
The delegations also expressed approbation at last week's rejection by the UN General Assembly of the U.S. move on Jerusalem, stating that it showed a commitment to UN resolutions and international law on Jerusalem, Anadolu Agency reported.
They also expressed grave concern over the current Mideast tensions and urged the parties to act in moderation as the crisis there is a serious threat to global security. In the declaration, the delegations also invited the international community, especially the UN, to combat serious threats and to find a just and equitable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
During the visit, the two countries signed pacts on avoiding double taxation as well as cooperation in youth and sports, technical and development cooperation, mutually encouraging and protecting investments, collaboration in information technology, and cooperation on hydrocarbons, minerals, mines, and energy.
The declaration also said Chad's president had been invited to pay an official visit to Turkey at a date to be decided later.
Source: International Islamic News Agency