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Eye on lira, Turkey abandons plan to tap central bank reserves

Turkey took more unorthodox steps on Friday to protect its beleaguered lira, including scrapping a recently-hatched plan to tap the central bank's legal reserves to boost its budget and urging banks to encourage clients to convert foreign holdings.

Turkey says U.S. scrapping trade deal contradicts goals

The U.S. decision to end its preferential trade agreement with Turkey contradicts their $75 billion bilateral trade target, Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan said on Friday, but welcomed Washington's move to halve tariffs on steel imports.

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