President Erdogan to begin five-day visit to US

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to begin five-day visit to US, where he will participate in Nuclear Security Summit and have meetings with various businessmen

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during the Global Education Summit in Istanbul, Turkey on March 26, 2016.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will begin his five-day visit to the US on Tuesday, to participate in the Nuclear Security Summit and hold several meetings with top leaders from the business world.

US President Barack Obama will host the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC on Thursday and Friday, with 56 delegations attending. It has been expected that Erdogan will hold bilateral talks with numerous leaders during the summit.

Washington was home to the first Nuclear Security Summit in 2010 and it was followed by two other summits in Seoul in 2012 and The Hague in 2014.

“These summits have achieved tangible improvements in the security of nuclear materials and stronger international institutions that support nuclear security,” according to the official website of the summit.

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.

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