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TUSIAD Turkey Letter: 23 September 2013

This Week

FOREIGN POLICY

  • Turkish President Gül set to meet Biden, Rouhani in New York
  • Deadly blast hits near Syria-Turkey border

ECONOMY & ENERGY

  • Joint group to work on Turkey-US trade
  • Turkey records 231 million lira budget surplus
  • Turkey sees temporary relief from Fed, no budget overshoot

DOMESTIC POLITICS

  • Turkey’s Government Forms 6,000-Member Social Media Team
FOREIGN POLICY
Turkish President Gül set to meet Biden, Rouhani in New York

Gül, who will address the General Assembly on Sept. 24 after Brazilian President Dilma Roussef and U.S. President Barack Obama, will have two important meetings on Sept. 25 with Vice President Joe Biden and Iran’s newly elected president, Hassan Rouhani. The Gül-Rouhani meeting will be the highest-level encounter between Turkish and Iranian officials since Rouhani won June elections.
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Hurriyet Daily News, 18 September 2013, Turkish President Gül set to meet Biden, Rouhani in New York

Deadly blast hits near Syria-Turkey border

A car bomb has exploded on the Syrian side of the main Bab al-Hawa crossing with Turkey killing at least seven and injuring many more.

The explosion on September 17 occurred at a roadblock manned by brigades at the entrance of the rebel-held crossing, several hundred metres from the Turkish side, Syrian opposition activists on the border said.
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Al Jazeera, 18 September 2013, Deadly blast hits near Syria-Turkey border

ECONOMY & ENERGY
Joint group to work on Turkey-US trade

Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan has said Turkey and the United States have agreed on the creation of a High Level Business Committee that would work on a Turkey-U.S. free trade formula that wouldn’t exclude Turkey from the EU-U.S. alliance, during his visit to Washington.
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Hurriyet Daily News, 18 Septembers 2013, Joint group to work on Turkey-US Trade

Turkey records 231 million lira budget surplus

Turkey’s year-end budget deficit will come in below the 34 billion Turkish Liras ($16.8 billion) currently forecast by the government, the finance minister said September 16, after the announcement of bright budget data driven by higher tax and privatization revenues.
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Turkish Press Review, 17 September 2013, Turkey records 231 million budget surplus

Turkey sees temporary relief from Fed, no budget overshoot

Turkey will get only brief relief from the surprise postponement of a reduction in U.S. economic stimulus and must press ahead with plans to rebalance its own economy, Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek said on September 19.
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Reuters, 19 September 2013, Turkey sees temporary relief from Fed, no budget overshoot

DOMESTIC POLITICS
Turkey’s Government Forms 6,000-Member Social Media Team

Turkey’s ruling party, facing the threat of fresh antigovernment demonstrations, is boosting its presence in a sphere long dominated by the opposition: social media.

The Justice and Development Party, led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is recruiting a 6,000-member social-media team to woo citizens and fight critics, party officials said.
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Wall Street Journal, 17 September 2013, Turkish government forms 6,000-member social media team