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ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s banking sector chief Mehmet Ali Akpen said on Monday that the Turkish banking sector should give priority to sectors that make long-term contributions to the economy.

Speaking at a meeting of the Association of Banks, Akpen also said he believed banks would increase lending in line with government policies aimed at stabilizing the lira currency and calming inflation.

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