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Turkish, Palestinian committee to be established

Turkey and Palestine signed an agreement to establish a joint committee on Monday on the sidelines of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-building Measures in Asia, or CICA, in Istanbul.

Foreign ministers of the two countries signed the agreement, prior to the meeting between Turkish President Abdullah Gül and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The agreement signed by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and his Palestinian counterpart Riyad El-Maliki aims to draw the framework of Turkey’s aid and support to the Palestinian state.

The committee, which will be co-chaired by the foreign ministers of the two countries, is foreseen to convene at least twice every year to determine areas of cooperation and lay down action plans.

Turkey will provide political consultation to Palestinian authorities, provide training to diplomats and training in areas of technical cooperation. The committee also aims to increase investments in the areas of water resources and agriculture. It also aims to increase cooperation in the fields of culture, education, health and science.

Under the agreement Turkey will provide more scholarships to Palestinian students at Turkish universities and support investments in Palestine for the construction of schools and improvement of the existing education infrastructure. In the area of health, Turkey will share its know-how in the medical field. Following the signing of the agreement, Gül and Abbas held a meeting that was closed to the press.


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