Cablegate: Turkey and Idef: Support for Strong Dod Attendance

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E.O. 12958: N/A

1. The Embassy supports and encourages direct senior-level
Department of Defense participation in the sixth
International Defense Industry, Aerospace and Maritime Fair
(IDEF) that will be held in Ankara, Turkey, September
30-October 3, 2003.

2. Given the current economic situation in Turkey and the
importance Turkey attaches to participation in IDEF as a sign
of a country's commitment to a successful business
partnership, it is important for the Department of Defense to
be represented at this year's IDEF at an appropriate senior
level. Countries whose firms often compete with American
firms for major contracts here (e.g. Israel, France, Russia)
are expected to continue their practice of sending senior
defense officials. A strong DOD presence will demonstrate
(to both the Turks and American business) strong US backing
for American business opportunities in Turkey, and our
understanding of the important contributions that industrial
cooperation can have on the overall relationship. Strong DOD
attendance will also continue to support Alliance
interoperability and DCI goals. Conversely, a poor DOD
showing could impact negatively future business opportunities
for American firms here. Finally, the Foreign Commercial
Service (FCS) is recruiting new-to-markets firms to exhibit
their products at the USA pavilion. High-level USG presence
would be welcome support for these firms.

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