U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
Other State Department Archive SitesU.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
Home Issues & Press Travel & Business Countries Youth & Education Careers About State Video
 You are in: Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs > Bureau of Public Affairs > Bureau of Public Affairs: Press Relations Office > Press Releases (Other) > 2003 > December
Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 5, 2003


U.S.-Turkey Joint Statement on Intensifying Regional Cooperation

In a meeting of the Economic Partnership Commission in Washington on December 2, the United States and Turkey reviewed the success of their cooperation and business partnerships in Afghanistan and Central Asia and discussed current and future cooperation to promote stability and economic development in Iraq. Construction of the almost complete Kabul-Kandahar road in Afghanistan by Turkish firms is a prime example of this close and successful cooperation. The United States and Turkey share the goal of increasing their economic cooperation in Central Asia and Afghanistan to promote freer trade and development in the region.

Turkey is already making a significant contribution to the reconstruction of Iraq, including through the supply of electricity, petroleum products and humanitarian assistance. The United States and Turkey agreed to discuss improved transportation links between Turkey and Iraq, the possible provision of additional electrical power to Iraq from Turkey, and an enhanced role for Turkish firms in rebuilding Iraq. In January 2004, the U.S. Department of Commerce will host a series of conferences on Iraq reconstruction in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir.

The United States and Turkey agreed to build on recent visits by Iraqi officials to Ankara to streamline border-crossing operations and to secure the Kirkuk-Yumurtalik pipeline. The achievements from U.S.-Turkey cooperation in Afghanistan and Central Asia provide the model for future success in reconstructing Iraq.

2003/1235

Released on December 5, 2003

  Back to top

U.S. Department of State
USA.govU.S. Department of StateUpdates  |   Frequent Questions  |   Contact Us  |   Email this Page  |   Subject Index  |   Search
The Office of Electronic Information, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department. External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein.
About state.gov  |   Privacy Notice  |   FOIA  |   Copyright Information  |   Other U.S. Government Information

Published by the U.S. Department of State Website at http://www.state.gov maintained by the Bureau of Public Affairs.