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(DIP)FOREIGN MINISTER DAVUTOGLU IN CHINA.

URUMQI, Oct 28, 2010 (TUR) -- Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met on Thursday Nur Bekri, Chairman of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, within the scope of his visit to China.

The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is the second stop of Davutoglu after Kashgar in his tour to China.

Speaking at his meeting with Bekri, Davutoglu said, "this region has a special importance for Turkey and Turkish people. Turkey and China are far away to each other in geographical sense. First of all this farness should be disregarded. There should be often visits between the two countries."

Davutoglu said Turkey attached high importance to improvement of relations with Asian countries, particularly China, adding that, "it is normal for the two countries, being the emerging countries of their regions, to cooperate often."

Turkish foreign minister said, "we attach importance to improvement of relations with China and Xinjiang region in cultural means," and proposed Bursa and Urumqi to be sister cities and Konya and Kasghar to be sister cities.

Bekri in his part said an organized industry zone would be established in Urumqi and expressed eagerness to boost relations with Turkey in every area.

Davutoglu has become the first Turkish foreign minister ever to visit Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in China.

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