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Turkey ask more funds to the US Government
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Saturday, 22 February 2003
The government Feb. 18 demanded Washington significantly enhance a multi-billion-dollar aid package before the country would receive any new U.S. troops. The U.S. says it will offer $6 billion in grants and a further $20 billion in loan guarantees if Turkey permits access to its bases, but Ankara is asking for a $32 billion aid package if it is to take part in a war on Iraq. Turkeys intransigence has infuriated the U.S., with White House spokesman Ari Fleischer saying on Feb. 19 that Washington had made its final aid offer to Turkey and there was not "a lot of time left." However, observers say Turkeys participation is central to the U.S. war plans, and predict the dispute will be settled soon.
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