Turkey to open trade office in Ramallah

13:10, July 14, 2010      

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Turkey said here Tuesday that it will open a trade office in Ramallah, a Palestinian city in the West Bank.

The statement was made by Turkish Foreign Trade Minister Zafer Caglayan at the meeting of Turkish and Palestinian businesswomen held within the framework of Turkey-Palestine Business Forum in Istanbul.

The meeting was also attended by Palestinian Economy Minister Hassan Abu Libdeh.

Caglayan said Palestinian businessmen were having troubles for getting visa from Turkey, adding that officials of his ministry would meet Turkish Foreign Ministry officials to discuss an easier visa regime.

He said earlier in the day that Turkey would build an industrial zone in the West Bank despite all the obstructions by Israel.

"Such a project in Erez had been hindered by Israel in the past. Now, the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) is carrying out a project to set up an industrial zone in the West Bank. It has to be built despite all the obstructions by Israel," he added.

Source: Xinhua


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