Turkish Parliament Speaker Sets Off For China

Turkish Parliament Speaker Binali Yildirim late Sunday left for a trip to China, the first stop on a multi-country tour.

Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim listens to Afghan Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah during a press conference at Sapedar palace in Kabul. Photo Credit: AFP

Before proceeding to Kyrgyzstan and Iran, Yildirim will first meet with Li Zhanshu, the chairman of China’s Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, in the capital Beijing.

With the visit, Turkey aims to strengthen its multidimensional relations with China in the dimension of parliamentary diplomacy, Yildirim told reporters at Esenboga Airport on Sunday in the capital Ankara before leaving.

Later, he will meet with Kyrgyz Parliament Speaker Dastanbek Cumabekov in Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek.

Lastly, on Dec. 7-8 in Iran’s capital Tehran, he will take part in a multilateral conference on the “Development of Regional Cooperation in Combating Terrorism and Development of Regional Cooperation.”

Attending the conference will be the parliament speakers of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia and China, where counterterrorism and regional cooperation issues will be discussed, Yildirim said.

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