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Mercury Public Affairs has inked a two-month deal through May 15 to represent the Turkey-US Business Council in its effort to increase trade and investment volume between the countries.

The Omnicom unit will provide PR counsel to TUSBC and conduct outreach to American policymakers.

Though TUSBC is an association of private businesses, Mercury registered the work with the Justice Dept. “out of an abundance of caution.”

TUSBC “operates under the Foreign Economic Relations Board, which in turn operates indirectly under the auspices of the Turkish Ministry of Economy,” according to the filing.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Turkey’s president Recap Tayyip Erdogan earlier this month in a bid to improve relations between the two nations.

The US has criticized Erdogan for his crackdown on the media and political opponents. Turkey is upset with US support for Kurdish fighters in Syria.

Following the meeting with Erdogan, Tillerson said the US and Turkey will now “lock arms” to work together to improve ties.