Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Israeli deal with US may hurt Turkish plans

Turkish defense procurement plans may be impaired due to Israel's decision to sign a defense accord with the United States, pledging to consult in advance on arms exports to third countries, analysts say.

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in Washington and Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz reached the accord on Aug. 16 to ease recent spats between the two close allies over Israel's arms sales -- mainly to China. While it may not directly target Turkey, it's not very good news for Turkish procurement from Israel, either, said one defense analyst.

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