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Turkey's Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci makes a speech in Cologne, Germany, March 5, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Current diplomatic tensions between Turkey and the European Union will not disrupt talks with the bloc on updating the customs union between them, Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said on Monday.

Campaigning ahead of an April 16 referendum on boosting President Tayyip Erdogan's powers has caused strains between Turkey and European countries, including Germany.

(Reporting by Can Sezer; Writing by Daren Butler)

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