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Turkey joins Davos after two-year break

27 January 2011 [12:40] - TODAY.AZ
Turkey joins the 41st annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), that will begin in Davos on Wednesday, after two-year break.

After Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stormed out of a panel at the 2009 summit, in reaction to Israeli President Shimon Peres and the panel moderation, relations between Turkey and the World Economic Forum, organizer of the summit, soured. Erdogan said after the Jan. 29, 2009 incident that he would not go to Davos anymore and that Davos was finished for him.

The official opening ceremony for this year's annual meeting which will focus on "Shared Norms for the New Reality" will be held tonight.

Deputy Premier Ali Babacan will represent Turkey in this year's conference. He is expected to hold a press conference at International Esenboga Airport in Ankara prior to his departure for Switzerland.

2500 participants from over 100 countries will attend the WEF annual meeting. 1400 leading businesspeople from around the globe are expected to attend the meeting.

Heads of state and government and government officials from 35 countries are expected to attend the summit. Turkish Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek and Central Bank Governor Durmus Yilmaz will also attend the meeting.

/World Bulletin/

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