Turkey and Qatar triple currency deal to aid the lira

ISTANBUL: Turkey’s central bank tripled the limit on an existing swap agreement with Qatar’s monetary authority to $15 billion.
“The core objectives of the agreement are to facilitate bilateral trade in respective local currencies and to support the financial stability of the two countries,” Turkey’s central bank said in a statement on Wednesday.
Turkish policy makers have been in talks to sign currency-swap arrangements with central banks of Group of 20 nations after the central bank ran down its foreign-currency buffer to prop up the lira.
Authorities have been leaning on state lenders to flood the market with dollars, and finding a source of foreign exchange has become increasingly urgent with gross central bank reserves down $17 billion since the beginning of the year to $89.2 billion.
The lira erased losses following the news and was trading little changed at 6.7800 per dollar at 9:20 a.m. in Istanbul.

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