Türkiye Invites Arab Countries to Sign Bilateral Free Trade Agreements

Turkish Minister of Treasury and Finance Mehmet Simsek speaking during the Arab-Turkish Banking Summit in Istanbul. (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Turkish Minister of Treasury and Finance Mehmet Simsek speaking during the Arab-Turkish Banking Summit in Istanbul. (Asharq Al-Awsat)
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Türkiye Invites Arab Countries to Sign Bilateral Free Trade Agreements

Turkish Minister of Treasury and Finance Mehmet Simsek speaking during the Arab-Turkish Banking Summit in Istanbul. (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Turkish Minister of Treasury and Finance Mehmet Simsek speaking during the Arab-Turkish Banking Summit in Istanbul. (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Turkish Minister of Treasury and Finance Mehmet Simsek called on Arab countries not to be afraid to conclude free trade agreements with Ankara, stressing that such deals would strengthen relations between Türkiye and the Arab world.

Speaking at the International Arab Banking Summit in Istanbul on Thursday, Simsek said the customs union agreements between Türkiye and the European Union contributed to the development of the manufacturing industry in his country.

“I believe that we should take advantage of the opportunities provided by free trade agreements. We are open to cooperation with our Arab neighbors. Together, we can develop ports and create new facilities, tourism can be revived, and we can also support each other with regard to human resources,” he remarked.

The minister went on to say that Türkiye is a country with a diversified economy, capable of competing in the areas of production, added value and technology, and acts as a bridge between Europe and Central Asia.

He added that the Arab world has rich and diverse resources, and enjoys a budget surplus, especially in the Gulf countries.

Simsek noted that Ankara and the Arab capitals can develop strong partnerships in the fields of tourism, construction and defense industries, and can implement mutually beneficial projects in trade and investment.

Meanwhile, Türkiye’s Central Bank on Thursday left the benchmark one-week repo rate unchanged at 50 percent for the second consecutive meeting, matching with market expectations.

“Considering the lagged effects of the monetary tightening, the (Monetary Policy) Committee decided to keep the policy rate unchanged, but reiterated that it remains highly attentive to inflation risks,” the bank said in a statement.

The bank added that it terminated the securities maintenance practice, within the scope of simplifying the macroprudential framework and enhancing the functionality of the market mechanism.



Saudi Aramco, NextDecade Sign 20-year LNG Supply Deal

At the signing ceremony, from left: NextDecade Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Matthew Schatzman, Aramco Upstream President Nasir K. Al-Naimi, and Aramco Executive Vice President of Gas Abdulkarim Al-Ghamdi. Photo: Aramco website
At the signing ceremony, from left: NextDecade Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Matthew Schatzman, Aramco Upstream President Nasir K. Al-Naimi, and Aramco Executive Vice President of Gas Abdulkarim Al-Ghamdi. Photo: Aramco website
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Saudi Aramco, NextDecade Sign 20-year LNG Supply Deal

At the signing ceremony, from left: NextDecade Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Matthew Schatzman, Aramco Upstream President Nasir K. Al-Naimi, and Aramco Executive Vice President of Gas Abdulkarim Al-Ghamdi. Photo: Aramco website
At the signing ceremony, from left: NextDecade Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Matthew Schatzman, Aramco Upstream President Nasir K. Al-Naimi, and Aramco Executive Vice President of Gas Abdulkarim Al-Ghamdi. Photo: Aramco website

Saudi Aramco and US liquefied natural gas (LNG) provider NextDecade announced on Thursday that their respective subsidiaries have executed a non-binding Heads of Agreement (HoA) for a 20-year liquefied natural gas sale and purchase agreement (LNG SPA) for offtake from Train 4 at the Rio Grande LNG Facility at the Port of Brownsville, Texas.

Under the terms of the HoA, Aramco expects to purchase 1.2 million tons per annum (MTPA) of LNG for 20 years on a free-on-board basis at a price indexed to Henry Hub. Aramco and NextDecade are currently in the process of negotiating a binding agreement, and once executed, the effectiveness of which will be subject to a positive Final Investment Decision on Train 4.

"We look forward to finalizing the terms of a long-term LNG offtake agreement with NextDecade as we explore opportunities to expand our presence in international energy markets,” said Aramco Upstream President Nasir K. Al-Naimi.

“We expect LNG to play an important role in meeting the rising demand for secure and efficient energy,” he added.

NextDecade Chairman and CEO Matt Schatzman said: “We are pleased to have reached a Heads of Agreement with Aramco for LNG from Train 4, as Aramco seeks to expand its LNG portfolio. We look forward to finalizing the LNG SPA with Aramco and to pursuing other opportunities together.”