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Number of Iranian tourists visiting Turkey increases

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BusinessAnkara, Jan 25, IRNA -- The number of Iranian tourists visiting Turkey in 2002 shows a 32.12 percent increase compared to previous year. According to statistics released by Turkey\'s Ministry of Tourism,
some 380,877 Iranian tourists visited Turkey in 2002. In the year 2001, the number of Iranian tourists traveling to
Turkey was 327,146 that showed a 14.11 percent decrease compared to the figure for the year 2000.
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Turkey hopes to master inflation

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BusinessDAVOS, Switzerland - Turkey\'s economic priority in its bid to join the European Union is to rapidly master inflation, Turkish Economy Minister Ali Babacan told AFP in an interview. \"We plan to reduce inflation to a single digit by the end of 2005,\" Babacan said, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum meeting here. While \"overall macro-economic stability\" was \"very important\", Ankara needs to substantially rein in soaring prices, he said.
The country eventually wants to adopt the European single currency and this would require price stability and a reduction in the economic gulf between Turkey and the 15-nation EU.
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Turkey hosts antiwar summit

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ISTANBUL Turkey gathered several of Iraq\'s neighbors, plus regional powerbroker Egypt here Thursday for a high-profile meeting billed as a forum to find ways to avert a US-led war against the regime of Saddam Hussein.
Turkey is the one regional ally whom the Bush Administration has been waiting on to complete its plans, hoping for an official go-ahead to station thousands of US troops here for a ground invasion of northern Iraq. But as the Pentagon moves closer to implementing plans for an attack on Iraq, Turkey\'s discomfort with the concept of allowing its soil to be used for a strike against its neighbor appears to be growing alongside European resistance to the use of force.
Foreign ministers from Iraq\'s neighbors Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria, who met at a heavily guarded palace-turned-hotel along the Bosporus, were expected to announce late Thursday that a subsequent meeting would be held in Damascus, Syria.
Turkey has grown increasingly vocal about its reservations about aiding the US in a war against Iraq, a fellow Muslim nation, and has now assumed a role as a regional consensus-maker. But while Turkey\'s diplomatic drive throws another kink into the Bush Administration\'s war scenarios, Ankara is continuing to cooperate with senior Pentagon officials: Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited here this week amid reports that the the two militaries are already discussing specifics of a US deployment here.
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Turkish Fashion Fair Starts In New York

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BusinessNEW YORK - The Third Turkish Fashion Fair which is organized by Istanbul Textile and Ready-Made Clothing Exporters Union (ITKIB) started in New York on Wednesday.
A total of sixty leading Turkish textile and fashion exporters and more than 20 special ready-made trademarks of Turkey promote their spring and summer creations for the year 2004 during the Turkish Fashion Fair which will last for two days.
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Turkey caught in the middle on Iraq crisis

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BusinessANKARA, TURKEY Turkish Prime Minister Abdullah Gul said Friday that he had embarked on a major diplomatic effort to head off an American-led war with Iraq, calling regional foreign ministers to a meeting next week.
Alongside the diplomacy, Turkey has also signed up for a leading role in the effort to oust Saddam Hussein by military means. A Western diplomat here said Friday that Turkish leaders had agreed in principle to allow American air and ground forces to use the country as a base to launch military strikes against Iraq.
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IMF query on Turkey\'s plans

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BusinessAnne Krueger, second-in-command at the International Monetary Fund, yesterday said Turkey needed clearer plans of how it would meet the conditions for continuing to receive lending from its $16bn (10bn) IMF rescue package.
Financial markets have shown signs of nerves in recent weeks over fears that the newly elected government would backslide on the tough package of banking and legal reforms and controls on government spending.
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Trade thin on Turkish markets on IMF visit, Iraq

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BusinessISTANBUL, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Turkish markets were little changed in thin trade on Thursday morning with cautious investors watching for signs from a top International Monetary Fund official the country\'s multi-biliion dollar pact was on track.
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Turkey Names Deputy PM\'s Brother To Eregli Board

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BusinessISTANBUL (Dow Jones)--Turkey\'s new government reshuffled the board of state-owned flat steel concern Eregli Demir ve Celik Fabrikalari AS (C.EDC), replacing the political appointees of the previous government with those of its own, daily Milliyet reported Wednesday.
A statement by Eregli to the Istanbul Stock Exchange Tuesday said the appointees include Abdullah Sener. Milliyet said he is the brother of Deputy Prime Minister Abdullatif Sener. It said Abdullah Sener served as the former deputy chairman of the inspectors\' board at state-owned fertilizer company Tugsas.
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Turkey Has Called On Muslim World

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BusinessTehran: Jan 13 (PNS) - Turkey has called on Muslim world to work together to avert a US-led war against Iraq.
Addressing a press conference in Tehran, Turkish Prime Minister Abdullah Gul said any such move would have disastrous repercussions for the Middle East.
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Turkey weighs economic, political costs of a Gulf war

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HABUR, TURKEY Amid the legions of restless drivers waiting at Turkey\'s only functioning border crossing with Iraq, a sense of fear hangs in the air, as heavy as the smell of crude oil. The oil truckers - about 800 of whom pass through here each day - are deeply worried that an increasingly likely US-led war against Iraq could mean total disruption of their already diminished livelihood. Before the earlier Gulf War, officials here say, some 2,000 trucks crossed the border each day. The war and subsequent United Nations restrictions on the sale of Iraqi oil put tens of thousands of drivers out of work. Another war, they argue, can only make things worse. \"If they close this border for even two months,\" says Ilhami Zengin, a middle-aged driver who waits to get back into Turkey, \"we won\'t be able to survive.\" Turkey\'s prime minister, Abdullah Gul, has been delivering similarly dire pleas to avert war with Iraq. Shuttling in recent days to Syria, Egypt, and Jordan - and later this month to Saudi Arabia - Mr. Gul argues that the consequences of a war will be \"disastrous\" and suggested the countries \"consolidate efforts\" to stop the march toward a military invasion.
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