Sarkozy to call PM Erdogan over Med Union: FM

Turkish foreign minister said "I think we will have a clearer picture and we will make a decision whether to participate in the summit after that conversation."

Sarkozy to call PM Erdogan over Med Union: FM
Turkish foreign minister said French President Nicolas Sarkozy was set to call on Tuesday Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the phone to talk about a proposed union for the Mediterranean, which is set to be launched officially next week at a Paris summit.

"The French president is going to call Prime Minister Erdogan today and they will most probably talk about this issue. I think we will have a clearer picture and we will make a decision whether to participate in the summit after that conversation," Ali Babacan told reporters on the sidelines of a gathering of the Developing Eight (D-8) in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.

"For now, we have yet to make any decisions but we are handling the issue in a positive way," Babacan said.

Responding to a question over a Malaysian opposition leader's taking refuge at the Turkish Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Babacan said the issue had no political dimension.

The opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, took refuge in the Turkish Embassy after being accused of sodomy with a male aide, saying that he feared for his life. He later left the embassy on his own will. Ibrahim was tried for similar accusations ten year years ago but he was exonerated.

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