Hassan leading trade mission to Turkey


CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Gov. Maggie Hassan is leading a trade mission of New Hampshire business representatives to Turkey next week.

Some have criticized Hassan for not cancelling the June 20-27 trip after issuing an Executive Order last month freezing out-of-state travel. Her office has said cancelling the trip would cost the participating businesses without saving the state money. Hassan announced plans for the trade mission in March.

Jeffrey Rose, commissioner of the state Department of Resources and Economic Development, said the governor's presence will help open doors to the businesses seeking to connect with Turkish businesses. Rose said Turkey has emerged as an important market and is New Hampshire's 12th largest trading partner. He said New Hampshire sent $79 million in goods and services to Turkey last year.


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