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Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is expected to visit Gaza after his trip to U.S. on May 16. DHA photo

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is expected to visit Gaza after his trip to U.S. on May 16. DHA photo

There will not be any change in Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Gaza visit plans, a Turkish diplomatic source has said following U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s demand the visit be postponed due to “critical timing.”

“Kerry already gave this message during his meeting with Prime Minister Erdoğan when he came [to Turkey] on April 7. His recent statements are neither a new thing, nor a secret for us. It would be wrong to evaluate these [Kerry’s statements] as a ‘U.S. reaction to Erdoğan’s Gaza visit,’” an official from the Turkish Foreign Ministry told daily Hürriyet, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

“For now there isn’t any change in the prime minister’s Gaza schedule. The issue will be discussed during Erdoğan’s visit [to the United States] on May 16. This is what Kerry says too. After the U.S. trip, Erdoğan’s Gaza trip will be realized,” he said.

The Gaza visit is also expected to be discussed today during Erdoğan’s and President Abdullah Gül’s meetings with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

April/22/2013

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e halil

4/24/2013 12:14:52 AM

what is all this nonsense of, 'visit..Gaza strengthen Hamas' 'Erdogan losing more credibility''dragging Turkey to very dangerous paths.' Israel is a terrorist state, peace will never come to this land unless they give palestinians deserved land and rights... In this day and age to have an ounce of support for Israel is ludacris, i hope other countries do as Turkey is doing. Sparks -Hamas 'terrorists' the west is calling them this, the same west that colonised the poor, enslave, owen guantanamo.?

JRC JRC

4/23/2013 2:23:13 PM

Erdogan will not go. He can't say this now as he would look like he is doing what he's told....but he won't go.

sam stevens

4/23/2013 11:17:37 AM

This visit will be viewed in precisely the same light as the flotilla trip.........a deliberately provocative move. if trouble ensues Erdogan will blame everyone but himself.

Tekion Particle

4/23/2013 2:03:38 AM

Sinan, I am merely insinuating that there is perpetual and sinister campaign to eradicate the last 98 years of history from people’s minds. There is an undeniable attempt to rewrite the history. Your comment was reminiscent of and in support of the above. As glamorous as it may sound to you the Ottoman Empire was an absolute dictatorship, one man deciding who should live or die to cling on to power, the sultans' siblings included. You cannot go forward by going back. Let the bygones be bygones.

Ottoman Reactionary

4/22/2013 10:54:50 PM

@Tekion Particle Yes he really westernized Turks, brought western-european Alphabet and culture. Mustafa is real Ottoman Turk from Europe unlike Seljuk Turks from Asia. I did not want to ignore him by saying what I said down there. There is no need to insult me "short memory thing" that was too harsh from you.

Can Lamberoglu

4/22/2013 9:55:01 PM

Sinan, stop living in the past. The current leadership of our great country (ruling and opposition parties alike) do not deserve the respect you ask for. The Ottomans are gone, never to come back. They did good and bad things, but who cares - it is history. Turkey needs to concentrate on where we go from here, from 2013 onwards. The clowns dominating our news today will definitely not be able to gain the respect you demand from others!

Red Tail

4/22/2013 7:43:10 PM

Why is he going there? I can not see how his visit there in any way will improve Turkey.

rich bind

4/22/2013 7:29:12 PM

Oh well, the usual pandering to the forces that support Islamic rule. Too bad it does not help the every day Palestinians, who need peace and an opportunity to build a better life. Compare the standard of living in the West Bank, where there is little terror activity and Gaza, where Hamas serves up its population as human targets so it can continue its political & religious agenda. Its motto is "All or nothing." Meaning it will not make a settlement with Israel, ever!

Tekion Particle

4/22/2013 6:47:58 PM

@Sinan Osman, what? Really? Ottoman Turks had a vision for modern Turkey? You must be one of those with a short memory. Ataturk was the only ex ottoman who had a vision and is the founder of Modern Turkey, keep reminding that fact to yourself.

Faruk Timuroglu

4/22/2013 6:05:47 PM

John Kerry asked Turkish PM to postpone his planned Gaza visit. Was this a calculated even conspired move or a mishap? Would've Mr. Kerry done the same if he knew about Turkish voters reaction to such intrusions in politics and RTE’s secret of election victories? RTE desperately needed such an occasion and Mr. Kerry bestowed it in a golden platter. Surely, RTE will reject U.S. demand, which could thrust him to the Çankaya palace as Padishah if voters aren't yet fed up with such accidents.
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