October 28, 2017 / 12:59 PM / a year ago

Turkey's full-year growth may be seven percent, Erdogan says

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during the opening ceremony of a mosque in Ankara, Turkey, October 27, 2017. Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday “no one should be surprised” if Turkey’s year-end economic growth hits 7 percent.

In a speech at an opening ceremony in the central Turkish province of Konya, Erdogan said: “Turkey grew 5.1 percent in the first half, no one should be surprised if year-end growth hits 7 percent.

“We are working on this. We are running for this to be better.”

The government’s official annual growth target is 5.5 percent in its medium term program for 2017-2020 period.

Erdogan’s comments echoed those of Prime Minister Binali Yildirim earlier in the week.

Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun; Editing by Alison Williams

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