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Turkish Press Review, 09-06-02

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From: Turkish Directorate General of Press and Information <http://www.byegm.gov.tr>

Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning

02.06.2009


CONTENTS

  • [01] GUL: "THE KEY PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN TURKEY AND USA IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER"
  • [02] WORLD TRADE MINISTERS CONVENE IN ISTANBUL
  • [03] TURKS SHOWN AS CANDIDATES FOR EP ELECTIONS
  • [04] CUBAN ENVOY VISITS TRABZON
  • [05] KAZAK PRESIDENT ENDS VACATION IN ANTALYA
  • [06] TURKISH-SPEAKING STUDENTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD VISIT EDUCATION MINISTER
  • [07] N. IRAQI OIL EXPORTS TO WORLD MARKETS VIA TURKEY START

  • [01] GUL: "THE KEY PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN TURKEY AND USA IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER"

    The 28th Annual Conference on US-Turkish Relations, jointly organized by the American-Turkish Council and Turkish Foreign Economic Relations Board's (DEIK) Turkish-US Business Council was yesterday held in Washington. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul, Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim, Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug and Turkish Ambassador to Washington Nabi Sensoy were among who attended the meeting. Participants will discuss the issues such as business opportunities for corporations in the US, Turkey and the region, regional security issues, bilateral trade, energy security and development and developments in Science, Technology and Research. President Abdullah Gul also sent a message to the gathering, saying, "US President Barack Obama's paying his first overseas visit to Turkey is a sign that Turkey and the US have a vital partnership between them." Stating that the relation between the two countries has been strengthened in due course, he underlined that the two countries, as the representatives of the democratic and free world, stood side by side in different regions in an effort to contribute to global prosperity, peace, stability and security. "Today, the key partnership between Turkey and USA is more important than ever," Gul added. Gul said that Obama's visit also reiterated the two countries' determination to strengthen economic and commercial ties, as well as to improve bilateral investments and technological cooperation. /Star/

    [02] WORLD TRADE MINISTERS CONVENE IN ISTANBUL

    Trade ministers from across the world gathered in Istanbul yesterday in a preliminary meeting ahead of the Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists' (TUSKON) Turkey-World Trade Bridge 2009, which is set to start today and will continue through June 7. A total of four deputy prime ministers, 20 state ministers and nine deputy ministers from 33 countries came together to discuss business opportunities. With the addition of six ambassadors, the number of countries represented at the Istanbul World Trade Ministers Summit reached 39. Speaking at the opening of the meeting, State Minister for Foreign Trade Zafer Caglayan said the trade bridge event offers a great opportunity in the midst of the ongoing global economic crisis. Stating that the participant ministers will exchange views on ways to weather the harmful effects of the crisis, Caglayan said, "Twelve percent of total global trade volume is represented at this discussion table today." Caglayan also stressed the state's mission to clear the path of the private sector, adding that the summit was one of the most meaningful examples of cooperation between the public and private sectors. Also speaking at the meeting, TUSKON head Rizanur Meral said the Turkey- World Trade Bridge Summit 2009 was the product of eight months of relentless work. Nearly 55,000 business meetings will be held in the course of the three-day event, he added. Caglayan also hosted a reception for the visiting trade ministers. TUSKON has previously organized eight other trade bridge summits, each of which has remarkably helped Turkish businessmen access new markets and diversify Turkey's foreign trade. Nearly 3, 200 businessmen from Turkey and 2,300 others from 135 countries around the world are expected to attend this year's foreign trade bridge summit to discuss mutual business opportunities. The event is expected to highly contribute to Turkey's economy with an increase of more than $7 billion in trade. /Star/

    [03] TURKS SHOWN AS CANDIDATES FOR EP ELECTIONS

    There's an increase on the candidates of Turkish origin for the European Parliament (EP) elections set to begin this Thursday. The candidates of Turkish origin, including Ismail Ertug, Hidir Karademir, Macit Karaahmetoglu from the Social Democratic party (SDP), Sidar Aydinlik, Kadriye Karci and Songul Karabulut are shown as candidates from Leftist Party and Dr. Yasar Bilgin is Christian Democratic Union's (CDU) candidate, are from Germany at most. Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland and Bulgaria follow Germany. /Milliyet/

    [04] CUBAN ENVOY VISITS TRABZON

    Turkish-Cuban relations are at an excellent level, Cuban Ambassador to Ankara Ernesto Gomez Abascal said yesterday. Abascal, who is on a tourist visit to the northern Black Sea town of Trabzon, met with Nuri Okutan, the governor of the province. Talking about improving relations between the two countries, the governor said they want to reflect the relations in Trabzon, too. /Hurriyet Daily News/

    [05] KAZAK PRESIDENT ENDS VACATION IN ANTALYA

    Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who was in Antalya on a vacation, yesterday left Turkey. Nazabayev arrived in Turkey on May 22 to attend the opening of a hotel in Antalya owned by Telman Ismailov, a Russian businessman of Azerbaijani decent. The opening ceremony of the hotel was attended by world celebrities, such as Sharon Stone and Richard Gere. Nazarbayev often comes to Turkey to spend his vacations. /Hurriyet Daily News/

    [06] TURKISH-SPEAKING STUDENTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD VISIT EDUCATION MINISTER

    A group of students who are in Turkey to attend the 7th International Turkish Olympiads yesterday paid a visit to Education Minister Nimet Cubukcu. Dressed in their countries' traditional attire, they sang songs and read poems during the visit. Speaking at the gathering, Cubukcu said, "I take great pride in being able to address to you in my own language and know that you understand me. I am very much impressed watching you on TV as you sing songs, perform dances and read poems." Cubukcu expressed her satisfaction and thanked the students. The students then presented gifts from their respective countries to her. /Today's Zaman/

    [07] N. IRAQI OIL EXPORTS TO WORLD MARKETS VIA TURKEY START

    With an official ceremony attended by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Massoud Barzani, the leader of the regional administration in northern Iraq, and Nehchirvan Barzani, the prime minister of the regional administration, in Arbil, the exportation of northern Iraqi crude oil to the European and the world markets through Turkey's Kirkuk-Yumurtalik oil pipeline started yesterday, marking a historic moment for regional economic cooperation. The exported crude oil is drilled from the two important oil fields of the northern Iraq: Taq Taq and Tawke. Turkey's Genel Enerji, a Cukurova Holding subsidiary, is jointly developing the Taq Taq oil field with oil and gas company Addax Petroleum. Tawke is being developed by Norway's DNO International. Speaking at the ceremony to mark the official start of northern Iraqi oil exports via Turkey, which was also attended by Cukurova Holding head Mehmet Emin Karamehmet, Genel Enerji CEO Mehmet Sepil, DNO representative Herge Edel and Khalid Salih, the energy minister of the regional administration, Talabani stressed that they will use the income from the oil for the prosperity of the whole nation. Barzani said the commencement of oil exports from the region was very important for the development of the entire country. “This is a gift for the entire Iraqi people,” he noted. Also speaking at the ceremony, Nechirvan Barzani said the launch of oil exports from northern Iraq through Turkey marked a dramatic departure from Iraq's recent past. "Economic cooperation within Iraq and across its borders will lay the foundation for a brighter collective future," he said. Salih said they expected to enhance Iraq's oil production and that they were proud to contribute to the reconstruction of the war-torn country by providing extra revenue following six years of conflict. Salih also expressed his pleasure at seeing a Turkish firm being included in such a process. “This is another milestone for future regional economic cooperation,” he stressed. Ashti Hawrami, natural resources minister of the regional administration, said, "Turkey is our economic partner. We are in a new era of friendship and cooperation, on the right path." Exports from Taq Taq will stand at 40,000 barrels per day and from Tawke at 60,000 barrels per day, and bring a total revenue stream of $5 million per day on the basis of per-barrel price of $50. Within a year, oil exports from the two fields are expected to reach 250,000 barrels per day. /Sabah/
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