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Cablegate: Eurasia Economic Summit Organizers Request

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SUBJECT: EURASIA ECONOMIC SUMMIT ORGANIZERS REQUEST
HIGH-LEVEL USG SPEAKER

REF: 1/26/2010 AMODEO-TAYLOR-GILMAN E-MAIL

1. Istanbul Consul General (CG) met recently with Akkan
Suver, President of the Marmara Foundation which organizes
the annual Eurasia Economic Summit in Istanbul. Suver invited
the CG to attend this year's summit, which is scheduled for
May 5-6, and asked if the U.S. government would be willing to
send a high-level official to speak at this year's summit.
Suver said that he was certain that Minister of Foreign Trade
Caglayan, who is one of the Turkish Co-chairs of the
Framework for Strategic Economic and Commercial Cooperation
(FSECC), would be happy to extend an invitation to anyone
Washington recommended.

2. The event will be the 13th summit organized by the
Marmara Foundation, whose aim is to explore ways of enhancing
relations between the European Union, countries of Central
Asia, the Caucasus, and the Middle East. According to Suver,
the main themes of the upcoming summit will be energy,
economy, and intercultural dialogue, environment and
education. Last year's summit was attended by 110 high-level
dignitaries from 41 different countries including the
Presidents of Croatia and Kosovo. Former presidents,
vice-premiers, ministers, deputies, representatives of
national, regional and international organizations and from
the world business community also attended. Turkish
officials included the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly
and Ministers of Energy and Natural Resources, and Culture
and Tourism. Information on last year's summit is available
at www.maramargrubu.org/detailedprogram.pdf. Post has
pouched materials on last year's event to EUR/SE.

3. ACTION REQUEST: Please advise of Washington agencies'
interest in this year's summit, and how we should respond to
the Marmara Foundation.
WIENER

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