Trade and Competitiveness Minister Craig Emerson arrives in Ankara today for a series of high-level meetings on Australia’s trade, investment and cultural ties with Turkey.
Dr Emerson will hold talks with Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan, Trade and Economic Minister Zafer Çağlayan, Finance Minister Mehmet Şimşek and Agriculture Minister Mehdi Eker on expanding the commercial relationship between the two countries.
Dr Emerson will also address global economic developments and the role of the G20, which Turkey will host in 2015, following Australia in 2014.
He will also deliver a speech at a policy research centre on the history and potential of the Australia-Turkey relationship.
“Turkey is considered the bridge between Europe and Asia,” Dr Emerson said.
“This makes it a very influential partner for Australia.
“We have a productive relationship, but there is scope to do a lot more,” Dr Emerson said.
About 67,000 Australians claim Turkish descent, and the two countries are also tied through the 1915 Gallipoli landings.
Dr Emerson will lay a wreath at the tomb of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founding father of modern Turkey and a hero at Gallipoli.
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