All necessary security measures to protect Pope Benedict XVI will be taken during his visit to Turkey next month, Ankara's ambassador to Italy said Wednesday.
Ugur Ziyal told Turkey's state-owned news agency Anatolia there were no "particular risks" associated with the visit, despite Tuesday's hijack to Italy of a Turkish airliner, and he stressed that the pope was welcome.
"I don't think there are particular risks but we all know what terrorists can do. We've seen that in New York, Madrid and London. That's why we are taking necessary measures for the safety of the pope," Ziyal was quoted as saying.
"The pope will be welcomed warmly. The pope has mentioned dialogue between religions and cultures. This is a very positive development."