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President Gul to Visit US
President Abdullah Gul will pay a visit to the US in order to attend the United Nations General Assembly session on September 20-29, during which he is expected to bring to attention developments in Syria and the Middle East.
Turkish Press Review, 9 September 2013, President Gul to visit USObama Speaks With Erdogan on Sidelines of G20 Dinner
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan discussed the Syrian crisis with U.S. President Barack Obama on the sidelines of a G-20 Summit in St Petersburg on Sept. 5.

The short meeting came after a working dinner on the latest developments in Syria between the leaders attending the summit.
Hurriyet Daily News, 5 September 2013, Erdoğan meets Obama after G-20 working dinner focusing on Syrian crisis

Turkey Reinforces Syria Border as Erdogan Backs U.S. Attack
Turkey deployed tanks and anti-aircraft guns to reinforce its military units on the Syrian border, as the U.S. considers strikes against Syria.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has expressed a willingness to join any international coalition against Syria, yesterday vowed to respond to any attack from its southern neighbor.
Bloomberg, 5 September 2013, Turkey Reinforces Syria Border as Erdogan Backs U.S. Attack

Turkey Industry Output Suggests Growth Above 3%
Turkey’s industrial production expanded in July at the fastest pace in more than a year, and Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan said the figures show the economy may grow more than 3 percent this year.Industrial growth on a workday-adjusted basis rose 4.6 percent in July from a year ago, the fastest pace since May 2012 year, the state statistics agency in Ankara said today on its website. Output rose 0.9 percent on the month on a workday and seasonally adjusted basis, according to official data.
Bloomberg, 9 September 2013, Turkey industry output suggests growth above 3%Turkey to cut 2014 growth target to 4 pct on Fed, Syria
Turkey is likely to revise down its official growth target for 2014 to 4 percent from 5 due to an expected slowdown in the U.S. Fed’s stimulus program, tensions in the Middle East, and the risk of higher oil prices.
Reuters, 6 September 2013, Turkey to cut 2014 growth target to 4 pct on Fed, Syria
Turkey’s Peace Process with Kurds Falters
Kurdish leaders gave conflicting statements about whether the withdrawal of militants from Turkish territory under a May cease-fire agreement with Ankara would continue. Some have accused Turkey’s government of failing to fulfill its pledge to boost Kurdish rights.
Wall Street Journal, 5 September 2013, Turkey’s peace process with Kurds falters

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