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Turkish Foreign Minister Mr Hikmet Cetin in Canberra

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1 March 1994

Turkish Foreign Minister Mr Hikmet Cetin in Canberra

The Turkish Foreign Minister, Mr Hikmet Cetin, will undertake an official visit to Australia from 2 to 5 March, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Gareth Evans, said today.

Senator Evans said he welcomed the opportunity to exchange views with Mr Cetin on Turkish perceptions of developments in its region. Turkey has assumed an increasing strategic regional role, forming a bridge between Europe, the Middle East and the states of the former Soviet Union. The visit of Mr Cetin also presents an opportunity to explain Australia's perceptions of developments in our own region.

"The visit by Mr Cetin will serve to highlight the developing level of bilateral and multilateral cooperation between our two countries, and our mutual interest in securing peace and stability in our respective regions and beyond," Senator Evans said. "It will also complement existing Joint Economic Committee meetings, which provide a forum for discussion of trade matters."

While in Canberra Mr Cetin will meet with the Prime Minister, Mr Keating, and a number of Australian Ministers including the Minister for Trade, Senator Bob McMullan, with whom he will discuss the rapidly expanding trading relationship between Australia and Turkey.

Australia's trade with Turkey has sustained growth of thirty percent for each of the past four years, and reached $290 million in 1993. While this trade is dominated by traditional exports including coal and wool, there are growing opportunities to export elaborately transformed manufactures to Turkey, particularly in the area of ship-building. There are also expanding opportunities for Australia to export agricultural and environmental technology.

Note for media: A press conference with Senator Evans and Mr Cetin will be held in Room MG63 Parliament House at 3:45 pm on Thursday 3 March 1994.