7 Nov 2019 09:43

Zelensky and Erdogan agree to intensify talks on Ukraine-Turkey free trade area

KYIV. Nov 7 (Interfax) -Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed ongoing preparations for the next meeting in Kyiv of the High Level Strategic Council chaired by the two countries' presidents in their recent phone call.

Zelensky and Erdogan reaffirmed their mutual commitment to further enhancing bilateral cooperation in all areas and noted the importance of stepping up talks on creating a free trade area between Ukraine and Turkey, the Ukrainian leader's press service said.

Zelensky also welcomed Turkish companies' participation in this year's Arms and Security Exhibition, reiterating the importance of Ukrainian-Turkish cooperation in defense.

Erdogan, in turn, reaffirmed Turkey's unwavering support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and welcomed steps aimed at peacefully resolving the conflict in Donbas.