Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has held a meeting on late Tuesday with representatives of US think-tanks in Washington, DC at the very beginning of his five-day visit in the country.
Many notable figures from Washington’s political elite have been present during the meeting which has included Karen Donfried, who is the president of the German Marshall Fund, Michael Singh from Washington Institute, and Vali Nasr, who is the dean of international affairs department of John Hopkins University.
In addition, President of Woodrow Wilson International Center, Jane Harman, and Joel Hellman, who is presiding Georgetown University’s international relations department, have participated in the meeting with the Turkish president.
Turkish delegation at the meeting has included Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Family and Social Policies Minister Sema Ramazanoglu, Energy Minister Berat Albayrak, Youth and Sports Minister Akif Çagatay Kilic, and Economy Minister Mustafa Elitas.
Erdogan has begun his multi-tasked US visit on Tuesday in order to participate in the Nuclear Security Summit and hold several meetings with top leaders from the business world.
Speaking to the reporters at a news conference held before flying to the US, Erdogan said that he will meet with US President Barack Obama indicating that the duration and agenda of his meeting with Obama depends on events.
"During the summit, we will stress the need for a sincere cooperation to fight against terrorism in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris, Ankara, Istanbul, Brussels and Lahore," Erdogan pointed out.
"As we will hold bilateral talks with leaders of countries, we will also come together with media representatives, academicians, entrepreneurs and opinion leaders to discuss the recent developments," he added.
During his visit, Erdogan will also hold a roundtable meeting with 25 top CEOs from the world’s 100 greatest companies to discuss extensively on a prominent proposed free trade agreement, which is expected to be signed between the European Union and the US, aiming to create the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Turkey will share the potential effects of the TTIP with top businessmen over Turkish economy and their investments in Turkey. It is expected that the Turkish president will seek the support of the businessmen during the country’s tough negotiation process with the EU on the Customs Union and with the US on the Free Trade Agreement.
Erdogan’s office has not disclosed the affiliations of the businessmen President Erdogan will meet during his visit to the US for security reasons. But Turkish media has speculated that Boeing, Lockheed, Pratt & Whitney, 3M, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), and Honeywell are to be included on the list.
The TTIP targets to make headways on multilateral trade and global economic growth developing a broad framework on market access by establishing general rules, principles, and modes of cooperation and putting in effect a system of specific regulations.