Turkey to attend Balkans leaders summit for the first time

President Gul, who will attend the summit to be held in Macedonian city of Ohrid from May 1 to 3 as the special guest of President Branko Crvenkovski of Macedonia, will deliver a speech.

Turkey to attend Balkans leaders summit for the first time
President Abdullah Gul will fly to Macedonia on Thursday to attend the summit of the presidents of Balkans States, The New Anatolian said.

President Gul, who will attend the summit to be held in Macedonian city of Ohrid from May 1 to 3 as the special guest of President Branko Crvenkovski of Macedonia, will deliver a speech.

He will also hold bilateral talks with some of participating presidents in which bilateral relations as well as regional and international problems will be discussed.

President Gul will move to Skopje on May 3.

In Skopje, President Gul will meet his Macedonian counterpart Crvenkovskito to discuss Turkey-Macedonia relations, regional and international developments. Gul is also scheduled to receive Macedonian parliament speaker and prime minister.

During the visit, an agreement will be signed by the two countries to cooperate in dealing with aftermath of natural disasters.

President Gul is expected to return home on May 4 after visiting the Ottoman-era sites in Macedonia.

For the first time

President Gul, along with German President Horst Kohler, was invited to the summit as special guest. It will be the first attendance of Turkey at the summit which will bring together heads of state of 18-member countries (Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Italy, Montenegro, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine).

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