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Posted on Sustainabilitank.info on September 9th, 2011
by Pincas Jawetz (pj@sustainabilitank.info)

AP – Turkish PM to visit Egypt, Tunisia, Libya.

By SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press – September 7, 2011.

An official says Turkey’s prime minister is planning to visit Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya, where popular uprisings have ousted autocratic leaders.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan was already scheduled to visit Egypt, starting on Sept. 12. But a Foreign Ministry official said Wednesday trips to Tunisia and Libya “are also on the agenda.” He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with the ministry’s rules.

Erdogan has said he intends to also cross into the Gaza Strip from Egypt, but it was not clear if that trip would go ahead.

Erdogan’s tour comes at a time as ties between Turkey and its former ally Israel have deteriorated further over Israel’s refusal to apologize for last year’s raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla that killed nine pro-Palestinian activists.

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Turkey: Warships Will Back Next Gaza Flotilla – Sami Aboudi
“Turkish warships, in the first place, are authorized to protect our ships that carry humanitarian aid to Gaza,” Prime Minister Erdogan said in an interview with Al-Jazeera on Thursday.
Erdogan also vowed to stop Israel from exploiting natural resources in the Mediterranean. “You know that Israel has begun to declare that it has the right to act in exclusive economic areas in the Mediterranean….You will see that it will not be the owner of this right, because Turkey, as a guarantor of the Turkish republic of north Cyprus, has taken steps in the area, and it will be decisive and holding fast to the right to monitor international waters in the east Mediterranean,” he said. (Reuters)

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