Turkey's Foreign Minister and Chief Negotiator for EU talks Ali Babacan said Friday, in regard to German tourists who were abducted by militants, that all relevant institutions and units had been closely monitoring developments and working on the matter.
Babacan held a press briefing at Ankara's Esenboga International Airport prior to his departure for Brussels on Friday.
Ali Babacan said that he had a phone conversation with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier on German tourists who had been abducted by militntants earlier this week.
In response to a question on whether the German government held talks with PKK on the abducted tourists, Babacan said that they had no information, at this time, indicating that the German government held talks with PKK.
"We have no information yet as to whether the German government held talks with PKK or not on German tourists who were abducted," Babacan said.
Asked about the upcoming "Conference of Turkish Ambassadors", Babacan said that Turkish ambassadors from all across the world would convene in Ankara for 3-4 days to discuss Turkey's foreign policy. The conference would begin next Tuesday and end on Friday evening, Babacan said.
In regard to a question on Iraq and PKK, Babacan said that "direct dialogue with the local administration in north of Iraq may take place. With the dialogue process, we expect the local administration of north of Iraq to take tangible steps against PKK."
In response to a question on the Ergenekon probe and the closure case filed against the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, Babacan said that "the closure case is often brought up by our counterparts in Europe and throughout the world during our talks."
"The Ergenekon probe is also being brought up by our counterparts, perhaps not as much as the closure case against the AK Party," Babacan said.
"Of course, Turkey will go through important tests in the upcoming term. Turkey will be the topic of discussions throughout the world with what it does and what it does not. There is no more a domestic agenda of Turkey. Our agenda becomes the agenda of the world now. I hope that Turkey would successfully overcome the tests and continue to be the country that is appreciated by the global community," Babacan also said.
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