US and Turkey to intensify regional cooperation
The United States and the Government of Turkey held a second session of the US-Turkey Economic Partnership Commission on December 2, 2003, in Washington. The Commission is a bilateral forum to strengthen economic and commercial relations between the two countries.
During the meeting, the United States and Turkey reviewed the success of their cooperation and business partnerships in Afghanistan and Central Asia and discussed cooperation to promote stability and economic development in Iraq. The two countries share the goal of increasing their economic cooperation in Central Asia and Afghanistan to promote freer trade.
Turkey is already making a significant contribution to the reconstruction of Iraq, through the supply of electricity, petroleum products and humanitarian assistance. The United States and Turkey agreed to discuss improved transportation links between Turkey and Iraq, the possible provision of additional electrical power to Iraq from Turkey, and an enhanced role for Turkish firms in rebuilding Iraq.
In January 2004, the US Department of Commerce will host a series of conferences on Iraq reconstruction in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir. — (menareport.com)
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