Turkey: firms warned over trade with ‘sensitive countries&

14 January, 18:08

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, JANUARY 14 - Turkey's Economy Ministry has warned Turkish businessmen over commercial contacts with "politically sensitive countries," sending out a letter urging them to inform the ministry about their visits to those nations, as daily Hurriyet reports. In the circular sent through industrial and commercial chambers, the ministry asked companies to inform the government about any contacts that will be had in the forming of trade alliances in such countries. "Bilateral visits should be declared to the ministry in advance and they should be coordinated by the Economy Ministry, in consultation with the Foreign Affairs Ministry," it added. The note does not specify which circumstances could put a country into the "politically sensitive" category, but the ministry's warning has been interpreted as being prompted by the political struggles in Middle Eastern countries. In particular, Turkey's political row with Egypt and the violence in neighboring Syria and Iraq have affected Turkish companies' business in these countries. A number of Turkish companies halted their operations until the end of violence that erupted in Egypt after the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi. (ANSAmed).

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