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Israeli PM to visit Turkey over Palestinian issues
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2007-02-09 14:49
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will travel to Turkey on Feb. 14 for an official two-day visit,during which Palestinian issues will be high on the agenda, local daily Today's Zaman reported on Thursday.

Olmert is scheduled to meet with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul for talks mainly focus on Palestinians and the relations between adversaries Israel and Syria, according to the newspaper.

The media has reported that Turkey was acting as a mediator with Israel and Syria to overcome their differences and reach a peace agreement.

The visit comes as Israel marks six months since the end of its war in Lebanon with Shiite group Hezbollah.

Ankara believes it is in a position to facilitate peace initiatives in the region, drawing on its close ties with Israel and the Palestinians as well as the remarkable improvement in its relations with Syria, a former foe.

Turkish news agency ANKA earlier reported that Olmert would also invite Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan to Israel and would insist that the visit should be paid before Turkish presidential elections in May.

Turkey has been the strongest ally of Israel in the Muslim Middle East, especially on military relations. 

Source:Xinhuanet 
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