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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and his Kyrgyzstan's counterpart Zhantoro Satybaldiyev (R) review Kyrgyz honour guards in the airport Manas 30 km outside the Kyrgyzstan?s capital Bishkek, on April 9, 2013, during an official welcome ceremony for Erdogan. Turkish Prime Minister is on a visit to Kyrgyzstan. AFP PHOTO / ABLAY SARALAYEV

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and his Kyrgyzstan's counterpart Zhantoro Satybaldiyev (R) review Kyrgyz honour guards in the airport Manas 30 km outside the Kyrgyzstan?s capital Bishkek, on April 9, 2013, during an official welcome ceremony for Erdogan. Turkish Prime Minister is on a visit to Kyrgyzstan. AFP PHOTO / ABLAY SARALAYEV

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said he will probably visit Gaza after his trip to Washington to meet U.S. President Barack Obama on May 16. Erdoğan spoke to the journalist flying with him to Kyrgyzstan late April 9.

“It will probably take place after my visit to America,” he said in response to questions about his intention to visit Gaza.

Erdoğan’s statement came a few days after he met U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Istanbul. Kerry advised the Turkish side to reconsider the timing of the prime minister’s planned visit to Gaza.

Erdoğan earlier said he planned to go to the enclave in April, in his remarks following the Israeli apology to Turkey over the Mavi Marmara incident of 2010.

In the meantime, Erdoğan also announced that Kerry will pay another visit to Turkey in two weeks, this time to attend an international meeting on Syria. The meeting will bring together 11 countries which established the core group of the Friends of the Syrian People in a bid to boost the international community’s efforts to topple the Bashar al-Assad regime. Kerry already visited Turkey twice in less than two months since his appointment as the secretary of state.

April/10/2013

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mara mcglothin

4/11/2013 3:27:35 PM

EOGHAN Once again the "evil" USA is a great target for anyone who wants to blame someone else for all the World's ills. Usually the ones who place blame are the very ones who come running to ask America for assistance, so as along as our "war mongering" benefits you, then it is okay???

eoghan ryan

4/11/2013 4:08:19 AM

Vargen. if P M Erdogan has spoken with the israelis and the americans and nato then he associated with the greatest gang of terrorists and gangsters the wprld has ever known. of all the evil empires that has existed in the world, none has surpassed america. If P M Erdogan can get some relief for the Palestinians then he will have done humanity a great service.

Ken Alden

4/11/2013 2:31:26 AM

@SPARKS Can you and will you describe the meaning of the word Terror please?

Mary Orcutt

4/11/2013 1:22:39 AM

Could we hope for Turkey to broker peace?

Thessalonian

4/10/2013 7:44:18 PM

@mok 10501. No, it was not... Regards

cezer "çapulcu" skonore

4/10/2013 6:11:24 PM

Erdogan is negotiating with the jailed leader of PKK, which is also recognized by the counties listed by Sparks as a terrorist organization. I did not hear any objection from these countries to Erdogan's efforts to negotiate with PKK. Brits negotiated with IRA with the help of an American ex-senator.

mok 10501

4/10/2013 6:10:39 PM

Because he sold this Israeli's apology as the agreement that Israel will remove the Gaza embargo and open the strip for free access. This is what we are looking for PM to achieve as he promised and sold to Turkish people. Not just the stripped down apology and compensation for the death but also the freedom for the Gaza strip. Wasn't the case agreed upon?

Sparks

4/10/2013 5:03:59 PM

MISTIQUE @ Israel, the United States, Canada, the European Union, and Japan classify Hamas as a terrorist organization. So why visiting terrorists?

Vargen Vargen

4/10/2013 4:19:09 PM

Mistique. You write that you can not understand why people opose the trip to Gaza. How can it be so difficult to understand that I do not want the PM of Turkey to hand out with terrorists like Hamas. Do you have any idea how that will influence how we are pereived? In this case it has also been clear that Palestinians do not want him there, neither does Israel. So why does he go to a conflict he has nothing to do with, instead of going to Europe and build strategic ties with IMPORTANT countries?

alkan alkan

4/10/2013 2:58:49 PM

It is very prudent to test the waters before plunging in..!
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