Turkey keen for mention in G20 communiqué, but rejected
Jan Strupczewski, Gareth Jones, Reuters, Jul 24 2016
ISTANBUL – Turkey wanted the final communiqué of the world’s financial leaders meeting in China this weekend to include an endorsement of the current government but did not succeed, G20 officials said. Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek, attending the meeting, denied Ankara had sought such a reference, tweeting:
We have no such initiative.
But European Commissioner for Economic Affairs (Pierre Moscovici) confirmed on Sunday that Turkey had sought such a mention, telling a news conference:
It is true that Turkey wanted a line on that. That was debated in the drafting sessions. But the minister, after talking to a few of us, estimated that it was wiser not to raise this issue in the G20 session itself. That was wise.
Finance ministers and central bank governors from the G20 met in the Chinese city of Chengdu. The Turkish government wanted the final communiqué, closely watched by markets, to include a paragraph on Turkey. The additional paragraph was to say:
Strengthening the rule of law is fundamental for sustainable development and we support the legitimate government of Turkey in its endeavours to enhance economic stability and prosperity.
Officials from EU countries, however, did not support that and the final communiqué did not mention Turkey.