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ISTANBUL, TURKEY - U.S. Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman today highlighted the significance of improving U.S.-Turkish business relationships, enhancing investment opportunities in the energy sector, and increasing the diversity of energy supply, suppliers and transportation routes to improve energy security and promote economic growth.

"Turkey is an important energy gateway between the East and the West," Secretary Bodman said.  "Fostering an environment that promotes investment opportunities as well as diversity of energy supply and suppliers through the global market, in a fair and transparent manner, is essential as our two nations work to grow our economies and increase energy security.  We look forward to our continued cooperation with Turkey, particularly as we exchange ideas and technologies that will help meet the world's growing energy needs in an environmentally responsible way."

As part of Secretary Bodman's two-day visit to Turkey, he held a bilateral meeting with Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Hilmi Güler. They spoke about the need for new supplies, new suppliers and new supply routes in Caspian region.  They also discussed the expanded role for nuclear energy in Turkey and Secretary Bodman encouraged Minster Guler to consider Turkey's potential membership in the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP).  GNEP is an international framework aimed at expanding clean, safe, reliable civilian nuclear power in a way that deals responsibly with waste in a proliferation resistant manner.

Secretary Bodman also spoke to the American Business Roundtable; met with the Chairman of the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority Okay Cakiroglu; and will tour the Bosporus Vessel Tracking System.

Turkey was the third stop in Secretary Bodman's nine-day, five-nation visit to Europe and Central Asia.   The Secretary first visited Rome, Italy, where he spoke to the 20th World Energy Congress Ministerial Forum, and then traveled to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, where he addressed the Turkmenistan Industrial Oil and Gas Exhibit (TIOGE), and then met with the President and Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan.  From Turkey, Secretary Bodman will travel to Greece to meet with his Greek counterparts and celebrate the opening of the Turkey-Greece Inter-connector pipeline, a critical link between the gas suppliers of central Asia and the consumers of Europe.  The Secretary will conclude his trip in London, where he is expected to hold bilateral meetings with senior English officials and deliver remarks to the British American Business Inc.

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