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article imageTurkey is Obama's First Muslim Country Travel Destination

By Leo Reyes     Mar 7, 2009 in Politics
US State Secretary Hillary Clinton said US President Barack Obama is travelling to Turkey possibly within the month. It will be Obama's first official state visit to a Muslim country after his assumption of the US presidency in January.
US President Barrack Obama is scheduled to visit Turkey ‘within weeks’ the state department announced yesterday.
The state visit is Obama’s first foreign visit to a Muslim country since his assumption of the US presidency last January. Obama had earlier visited Canada. His next foreign trips include Britain, France, Germany and Czech Republic.
‘We share commitment to democracy, a secular constitution, respect for religious freedom and belief in a free market and a sense of global responsibility’,US State Secretary Hillary Clinton said of the forthcoming visit.
The president’s visit to Turkey is seen as a prelude to the scheduled pull out of American troops from Iraq in August of next year. Turkey has earlier agreed to allow American troops in its territory as an exit route. Official of both countries are discussing what equipment will pass along the designated route.
Turkey is seen in Washington as a key ally in blocking Iran’s nuclear ambitions and turning around the war in Afghanistan. The southern incirlik air base has been used for transfer of US troops and equipment to Iraq and to Afghanistan, Guardian.uk reports.
US State Secretary Hillary Clinton has been talking with Turkey in an effort to establish links to neighboring countries including Syria whose relationship with Washington has been strained for years.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said that Turkey is willing to host more indirect talks between Syria and Israel.
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