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Yildirim Says Turkey Seeks Non-Syrian Transport Routes

November 29, 2011

Nov. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Turkey is planning to shift its trade routes to the Middle East if the unrest in Syria worsens and embargoes go into effect, Minister of Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communication Binali Yildirim said.

Land transportation will be conducted via Iraq by opening new crossing points with Turkey’s southern neighbor, Yildirim said today in televised comments from Ankara. The minister said Turkey and Egypt had been in talks to begin ro-ro shipping before the Syria crisis and are working to establish trips.

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