Turkish Premier Recip Tayyip Erdogan Will Go Ahead With Trip to Palestinian Territories

Turns Aside Obama's Request To Delay or Scrap Visit

Strong Allies: Turkish Premier Recip Tayyip Erdogan meets President Obama at the White House.
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Strong Allies: Turkish Premier Recip Tayyip Erdogan meets President Obama at the White House.

By Reuters

Published May 16, 2013.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said at the White House on Thursday that he intends to go ahead with a planned trip to the Gaza Strip next month despite pressure from the United States to delay it.

“I place a lot of significance on this visit in terms of peace in the Middle East,” Erdogan said at a rainy Rose Garden news conference with U.S. President Barack Obama, adding that he also plans to visit the West Bank on that trip.

In April, Secretary of State John Kerry urged Erdogan to delay visiting the Palestinian enclave to avoid endangering U.S. efforts to revive Turkey’s ties with Israel and to advance Middle East peace talks.



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