France, which holds the rotating EU presidency, will host the "Union for Mediterranean" summit on Sunday.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ali Babacan will attend the summit on behalf of Turkey.
Since leaders of Syria, Israel and Palestine will be in attendance, the Middle East peace process will be high on agenda of the summit.
During his stay in Paris, Prime Minister Erdogan will meet President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel, President Bashar al-Asad of Syria, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero of Spain, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt of Sweden, Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen of Denmark and Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende of The Netherlands.
Erdogan is expected to depart from Paris after attending the summit.
Leaders of the EU-member states and Mediterranean-littoral countries will attend the summit. At the end of the summit, a final statement will be released.
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: 13 Temmuz 2008, 10:17