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PM Erdoğan and President Obama met most recently in June 2012. Selahattin Sönmez, Daily News photo

PM Erdoğan and President Obama met most recently in June 2012. Selahattin Sönmez, Daily News photo

Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay has revealed that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is likely to pay a visit to the United States in February.

In an interview with daily Star published yesterday, Atalay said he had received an invitation from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and that he would be visiting the U.S. in order to make preparations for Erdoğan’s visit.

“It has not been confirmed yet, but Prime Minister Erdoğan will travel to Washington around February. Planning is being done. Before that, I have received an invitation from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. I will go first and we’ll do the preparations before the leaders’ meeting,” he said.

No date has yet been set for any visit by Erdoğan to the U.S., officials from the prime minister’s office told the Hürriyet Daily News yesterday, while confirming that Erdoğan did intend to make such a trip. The required arrangements will first of all have to be carried out by diplomats on the both sides, the officials added. Atalay’s remarks concerning the possible visit came within the framework of his remarks underlining the need for international cooperation against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has many bases in northern Iraq.

“The U.S. is an influential country in Iraq and northern Iraq. It is giving intelligence support to Turkey in our cross border operations in the fight against terror, but not at the level we expect,” he said.

December/18/2012

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Michael Johnson

12/18/2012 9:06:58 AM

Please don't bother, you're not wanted.

Ryan James

12/18/2012 5:25:47 AM

Stay there, both of you!

T.C

12/18/2012 3:25:30 AM

“The U.S. is an influential country in Iraq and northern Iraq. It is giving intelligence support to Turkey in our cross border operations in the fight against terror, but not at the level we expect,” If I invaded and conquered Iraq with my massive military... then I guess I would have influence too. Well you call it influence I call it control by fear and dominance! The American Government ARE the Terrorists... Along with NATO! Turkey used to be an honorable country... We need to get out!

Peter Kypros

12/18/2012 2:13:09 AM

Turkey raised her voice in favor of the Palestinians and chose to have Israel as the enemy deliberately probably in order to attract Arab investments. In reality Turkey has been closer to the US than ever before even though US will never led down Israel at any cost. The deployment of patriot missiles is clearly done mostly for Iran than Syria as part of a threat by the US and Israel for Iran to stop the development of nuclear technology and eventually to a nuclear bomb.
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