Following his visit to the Lisbon Central Mosque, Davutoğlu met with representatives of the Muslim community and place a wreath at the monument erected in commemoration of martyred diplomats.
The last presidential-level contact between the two countries was the visit paid by former President Abdullah Gül in May 2013. The last official visit between the two countries was paid by Portuguese Deputy Prime Minister Paulo Portas in October 2014.
Following the First Turkey-Portugal Intergovernmental Summit Meeting and signature ceremony of agreements, the two prime ministers were scheduled to hold a press conference, after Daily Sabah went to print on Tuesday evening.
Davutoğlu was scheduled to head off to New York after holding a dinner in honor of Coelho. The previous inter-governmental summit was facilitated during Coelho's trip to Turkey in December 2012, in a document entitled "Strategic Document for Strengthening Bilateral Relations Between Turkey and Portugal," which was signed by the-then prime ministers of the two countries.
Turkey and Portugal enjoy friendly and seamless bilateral political relations. Turkey's increasing regional and strategic importance, especially in the field of energy, has attracted Portugal and it has encouraged support for Turkey's EU membership process. Portugal is among the countries that believe the EU accession of Turkey will further strengthen the Mediterranean dimension of the EU. In 2014, Turkey's exports to Portugal reached $446 million, while imports stood at $607 million. Additionally, Turkey was accepted as a common observer state for the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) Summit Meeting that took place in Dili, the capital of East Timor on July 23, 2014.
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