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Pahor told more than 80 Turkish executives at that Turkey and Slovenia have a long-lasting friendship and mutual respect, which is very important for economic cooperation between the countries.

The president labelled Turkey's goal to become one of the ten biggest economies in the world in the next ten years as inspiring and worthy of praise, according to a press release from Pahor's office.

Pahor presented Slovenia to potential investors as a dynamic, open and export-oriented country and invited them to come to visit. He highlighted the human potential and the exceptional geo-political position of Slovenia.

According to him, there are numerous opportunities for strategic investments in Slovenia, while Slovenia is very interesting for Turkey because the countries have signed a number of important agreements, including the 2011 strategic partnership.

Participants were also addressed by Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec, who invited Turkish investors to take part in Slovenia's privatization.

He highlighted the potential of joint presence on foreign markets and voiced hope that the countries expand economic cooperation at an upcoming session of a joint economic commissioner in February.

Boštjan Skalar, the head of the SPIRIT agency for the promotion of investments, told the STA Turkish investors expressed interest in particular in airport operator Aerodrom Ljubljana, adhesive products maker Aero and chemicals company Cinkarna Celje. Tourism was also among the investors' priorities, he said.

"We passed on the positive message that Slovenia was ready to take investment and has opened up," Skalar said.

On the first day of the visit on Wednesday, Pahor was received in Ankara by his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gül, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Speaker Cemil Cicek, with the talks focusing on bilateral cooperation.


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