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Turkish Foreign Minister Flies To US To Meet Rice February 4, 2007

Posted by notapundit in US News, World News.
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ANKARA (AP)–Turkey’s foreign minister flew to the U.S. Sunday for a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley.

Abdullah Gul’s trip is aimed at establishing common ground between the two NATO allies on subjects including the Iraq war and the fight against Kurdish rebels.

During his meeting with Rice Tuesday, Gul was also expected to ask the U.S. administration to block a resolution, introduced in January by Democratic and Republican lawmakers, to urge the U.S. government to recognize as genocide the mass killings of Armenians at the end of World War I.

Turkey has adamantly denied claims by scholars that its predecessor state, the Ottoman government, caused the Armenian deaths in a genocide. The Turkish government has said the toll, allegedly as high as 1.5 million, is wildly inflated, and Armenians were killed or displaced in civil unrest during the disarray surrounding the empire’s collapse.

Gul said he would also meet with new United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York Friday.

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