The Turkish expansion continues, back to furthest edges of the old Ottoman Empire:
Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad al-Sabah, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) alliance, said trade between the two sides has been growing rapidly.
In 2008, GCC exports to Turkey rose five times over the previous year and their imports from Ankara increased a massive 15-fold, the Kuwaiti minister said.
And all this just after meetings a few weeks ago between Turkish and Syrian cabinet members to discuss issues from Kurds to free trade. For a smart take on Turkey’s economic and diplomatic expansion take a look at James Traub’s recent piece in Foreign Policy, which while it doesn’t avoid all of the Turkey cliches (then again, neither did I in this 200 word blog post), manages to do a smart and pretty unbiased take on developments in Turkish foreign and economic policy.