The Turkish state minister for foreign trade said on Tuesday that Turkey would choose between Boeing and Airbus according to their investments.
Turkey's State Minister Zafer Caglayan said the Boeing was not the sole commercial jetliner manufacturer investing in Turkey, there was also the Airbus company.
"I told the vice president of Boeing that Turkey would give priority to the company making the most investments," Caglayan told reporters aboard a plane from Chicago to Los Angeles.
Caglayan met executives of Boeing, Kraft Foods, American International Radio, Chicagoland Chamber Foundation, International Trade Association in Chicago, Investigroup firm, and MacLean Power Systems.
During these meetings, Caglayan said Turkey was attaching importance to investments and offset.
Caglayan said he proposed U.S. businessmen to cooperate in automotive, machinery, agricultural and food products, and invest in other countries particularly in the Middle East, North Africa, Balkans, Caucasus and Central Asia.
"The Americans particularly want to open to Africa, and they have realized that Africa's path passes through Turkey," Caglayan said.
Caglayan said executives of MacLean company, manufacturing electrical systems for aviation and automotive industries, would most probably visit Turkey in October.
Also, the American International Radio was willing to bring Tetra system to Turkey which would ensure public security and confidentiality of communication among state institutions, Caglayan said.
Referring to international topics which he discussed with executives of U.S. companies, Caglayan said he had noticed that there was a problem in the United States in perceiving Turkey, and the lobbies against Turkey had worked well.
On the Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that killed nine Turks, Caglayan said what Turkey wanted was an apology from Israel.
Nine people, including eight Turkish and one U.S. citizen of Turkish descent, died when Israeli forces raided a Gaza-bound aid flotilla on May 31. Around 30 people were wounded in the attack.
Caglayan also said Turkey was against nuclear weapons, and mediated together with Brazil to solve Iran's nuclear program controversy.
Under the agreement signed by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Motaki and Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim in Tehran on May 17, Iran committed to give 1,200kg of 3.5% enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for 20% enriched uranium it will receive from Western countries to be used as fuel in the nuclear research reactor in Tehran.
Tehran will receive the enriched uranium from the Vienna Group, comprising of the United States, France, Russia and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in Turkey.
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