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Malaysia, Turkey aim to conclude free-trade deal

Published on Jan 10, 2014 2:35 PM
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) and his counterpart Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (right) exchange documents after a signing ceremony at the prime minister's office in Malaysia's administrative capital in Putrajaya, on Jan 10, 2014 .Malaysia and Turkey pledged to wrap up a free-trade deal with the year. -- PHOTO: AFP

PUTRAJAYA (AFP) - Malaysia and Turkey pledged on Friday to wrap up a free-trade deal this year as embattled Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan prepared to return home to a political crisis.

Mr Erdogan met with his host, Malaysian premier Najib Razak, on the final day of a week-long trip that earlier took him to Japan and Singapore.

During his Asia visit, Erdogan has avoided comment on the Turkish political maelstrom that first erupted in December when dozens of leading businessmen and political figures were detained in a corruption probe whose targets include key Erdogan allies.

Mr Erdogan's government has responded to the widening investigation by moving to root out political foes in the police and judiciary in a purge that has seen hundreds of police personnel fired.

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