Today’s Zaman | 28 September 2014
China offers FTA to Turkey
China offered Turkey a free trade agreement (FTA) during a meeting of the foreign ministers of the two countries, Wang Yi and Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, in New York last week at the United Nations General Assembly.
The two ministers discussed regional and bilateral relations while accompanying their respective presidents at the 69th UN General Assembly. During one of the ministers’ several meetings last week, Wang stated that an FTA between Turkey and China would be beneficial to both countries. Other topics addressed were how to improve cooperation in the defense industry, nuclear energy and inter-parliamentary relations.
Turkey reportedly asked for Chinese support in its temporary membership to the UN Security Council (UNSC) at the meeting, and it was noted that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is planning to visit China soon.
Çavuşoğlu also met with the foreign ministers of Afghanistan, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Eritrea, Guatemala, Laos, Pakistan, Singapore and Thailand in New York.