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Turkish FM to visit US

01 February 2007 [13:33] - TODAY.AZ
Turkish Foreign Minister Abdulla Gul will pay an official visit to the US next week.

The minister will meet with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Stephen Hadley, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Tom Lantos and the representatives of Jewish lobby within his visit on February 4-9.

The main themes to be discussed at the meeting will be the bill on the so-called Armenian genocide and PKK.

Abdulla Gul expected to voice a message to official Washington on stooping strategic alliance between the two states in case the so-called Armenian genocide is recognized.

"Turkey has done its best. We opened our archives. But Armenia avoids it. Yerevan should also open its archives. Our proposal to establish a joint commission was not accepted. Our proposal is still efficient and we expect the US support. The US may also join the commission," he said.

According to some information, Bush administration will want Turkey to open its borders in order to work against the bill in the Congress, APA Turkish bureau reports.


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