U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says
President Barack Obama will travel to Turkey within the next
Clinton made the announcement Saturday following meetings with
Turkish leaders in Ankara.
Clinton is wrapping up her trip to the Middle
East in Turkey, which has played a key role in Middle East peace efforts because
of its ties to Arab states and Israel.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep
Tayyip Erdogan says he and Ms. Clinton also discussed the wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan, and the fight against terrorism. Clinton was expected to press
Turkey for a greater military presence in Afghanistan.
Earlier this week,
Turkey's foreign minister, Ali Babacan, said his government is willing to allow
the U.S. to use Turkey's military bases and ports to withdraw U.S. forces from
He said no such request has been made thus far.
NATO member, borders Iraq. The majority-Muslim country refused to allow the U.S.
to use Turkey to launch attacks against Iraq, when the U.S.-led invasion began
Some information for this
report was provided by AP and Reuters.