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Cablegate: Letter From Turkey Minister of State Tuzmen To

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UNCLAS ANKARA 002769

SIPDIS


DEPARTMENT PLEASE PASS TO USTR ZOELLICK


E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETRD TU
SUBJECT: LETTER FROM TURKEY MINISTER OF STATE TUZMEN TO
AMBASSADOR ROBERT ZOELLICK


Embassy Ankara received MFA Diplomatic Note 194783 presenting
an original letter from Kurzad Tuzmen, Minister of State, to
Ambassador Robert Zoellick, United States Trade
Representative. The letter notes that the GOT's views are
parallel with our own in the WTO talks on industrial goods,
but hints at differences on the agriculture talks. Tuzmen
also refers to continuing studies on a possible Qualifying
Industrial Zone in Turkey.


BEGIN TEXT:


May 5, 2004


Dear Mr. Ambassador,


I would like to express my great pleasure of meeting you
during my visit to the United States last month.


Throughout our discussions, I observed with great
satisfaction the similarities in our views on many issues
including certain items of the Doha Development Agenda. I am
particularly delighted to see that the positions of our
countries regarding market access in non-agricultural
products are in parallel. On the other hand, while fully
sharing your view that an ambitious result in agriculture is
essential for the Doha package to proceed and succeed, I
would like to emphasize once again the importance we attach
to the introduction of some flexibility for the developing
countries pertaining to the market access in agricultural
products.


I would also like to take this opportunity to inform you that
we are carrying out the necessary studies to determine the
appropriate sectors including the hi-tech industries for the
QIZs in Turkey as we agreed in our meeting.


With the conviction that our close cooperation will continue
in the future, I hereby would like to extend an invitation to
you to visit Istanbul at your earliest convenience.


Expressing my best wishes and highest regards to you, I
remain,


Sincerely Yours,
Kursad Tuzmen
Minister of State


END TEXT.
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