Turkish foreign minister begins Middle East tour

October 6, 2007 13:41

The Turkish foreign minister flew to Syria on Saturday at the start of a five-day Middle East tour to work for peace in the region. Ali Babacan is to visit Jordan and Israel as well as Syria, and to hold talks with Palestinian officials during his visit. Turkey, a predominantly Muslim country, has friendly ties with Israel. "The region is going through a sensitive time; we are facing problems, primarily the Palestinian issue and developments in Iraq, that could affect the entire region," Babacan told reporters before his departure. "Turkey will continue its efforts and contributions for the establishment of peace and stability in the region."

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