Turkey Seeks Inclusion in US-EU TTIP Free Trade Deal - Turkish Deputy PM

© AFP 2022The President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives to welcome the President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani (not seen) during an official ceremony at Presidential Complex in Ankara, on December 24, 2015
The President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives to welcome the President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani (not seen) during an official ceremony at Presidential Complex in Ankara, on December 24, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Turkey hopes to renegotiate its current trade agreements with the European Union, so it can be included in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade deal between the United States and EU, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Simsek proposed that rather than Turkey being "left out" of the TTIP, Ankara would renegotiate its EU customs union agreement, so prospective free trade deals between the EU and the United States "would apply to Turkey in a two-way track."

"We would like to upgrade our deal [customs union agreement] with EU and allow the United States and EU to dock Turkey in this new agreement," Simsek said of the TTIP at a Wednesday Turkish foreign policy conference.

European consumer rights activists take part in a march to protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), austerity and poverty in Brussels, Belgium October 17, 2015 - Sputnik International
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The TTIP free trade agreement would reduce barriers to trade in goods and services between Europe and its largest export market, the United States. Negotiations on the agreement have been ongoing between the the United States and Europe since 2013.

Despite a long path to EU accession, Turkey gave up on joining the European Union in 2013 after running into major opposition from a number of EU member states for economic deficiencies and suppressing free speech. At the end of 2015, Turkey reopened talks with the EU on future membership.

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