PM Erdogan to meet Russian, Georgian leaders amid tensions

Turkish PM Erdogan will hold a bilateral meeting with today and then tomorrow meet Georgian President Saakashvili.

PM Erdogan to meet Russian, Georgian leaders amid tensions
World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Russia and Georgia later on Wednesday to hold a series of talks, Turkish Anatolia News Agency reported.

Prime Minister Erdogan will leave for the Russian capital city of Moscow at 3:30 p.m. to hold a bilateral meeting with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Turkey, which neighbours Georgia and is a key energy hub for Caspian and Central Asian oil for Western exports, watched with alarm the fighting between Russia and Georgia over the separatist region of South Ossetia.

On August 14th, Erdogan will proceed from Moscow to Tbilisi, Georgia, to meet with Mikheil Saakashvili.

Prime Minister Erdogan's visits to Moscow and Tbilisi aim at making contributions to efforts to secure a sustainable peace and stability in the region.

Foreign Minister Ali Babacan will accompany the prime minister during his journey.

Hundreds of people died while hundreds of others were injured and left homeless since Georgia launched its crackdown on South Ossetia on August 7th, drawing a harsh response from Russia in response.

PM Erdogan's efforts

Erdogan had called with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday to discuss conflict in the Caucasus to discuss joint efforts to end the conflict in the Caucasus, restoration of peace and stability, and cooperation opportunities.

Separately, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili called Turkish PM on the phone.

Erdogan also on Monday had called on regional countries to set up Caucasian union.

"We can take create a common ground for peace in the Caucasus if we could take a step together with the U.S. and the European Union," he said.

The Turkish premier said the Russian Federation should also take part in such an alliance.
Last Mod: 13 Ağustos 2008, 17:27
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