PM Erdogan meets Syria's Assad, Israeli Olmert

PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan who is visiting France to attend the Union For Mediterranean Summit, separately met with Syrian President Bashar Al Asad and Israeli PM Ehud Olmert.

PM Erdogan meets Syria's Assad, Israeli Olmert
PM Erdogan's meeting with Ehud Olmert lasted one hour. Later Erdogan had an hour long meeting with Syrian President, where he was accompanied by Foreign Minister Ali Babacan and his advisor, deputy Egemen Bagis.

Erdogan told reporters after the meetings that he was optimistic about the indirect talks between Israel and Syria. Erdogan signalled that Turkey's role as mediator would continue and that the two countries should decide to hold direct talks.

Earlier, Erdogan also met with French President Sarkozy.

Turkisk PM will later attend the Union For Mediterranean Summit and is expected to hold bilateral meetings with Prime Ministers of Spain, Italy, Sweden and Denmark.

Union for the Mediterranean

The Union for the Mediterranean is a proposed community of EU-member states and countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea planned to be established in July 2008.

It was originally suggested by French President Nicolas Sarkozy as part of his election campaign. Sarkozy, last year, invited all Mediterranean leaders to a summit in France to take place in July 13th, 2008.

The project envisages cooperation among the EU-member states and Mediterranean-littoral countries in environment, potable water, energy, transportation, sustainable development and fight against illegal migration.

Last Mod: 14 Temmuz 2008, 11:25
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