Turkey is getting ready to take important steps to improve its relations with some countries in October which it considers "the month of peace".
Turkey will hold meetings and sign some protocols to normalize or further improve its relations with Serbia, Armenia and Syria in the coming days.
The two protocols initialed about a month ago to normalize the relations between Turkey and Armenia is expected to be signed in Zurich city of Switzerland on October 10. After being signed, the protocols will be submitted to the Turkish parliament for approval. Diplomatic sources said that submission of the protocols to the parliament and their approval were two separate issues.
Meanwhile, a delegation from the Organization for security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk group will leave for Lachin on October 1; and President Serzh Sargsian of Armenia and President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan will meet in Kishinev, Moldova, on October 7 and 8. President Sargsian is expected to watch the World Cup match between Turkey and Armenia in northwestern Turkish province of Bursa on October 14.
Turkey will improve its relations with Serbia and consolidate its position in the Balkans by hosting a significant meeting in Istanbul on October 8 and 9. Foreign ministers from 13 southeastern European countries will converge to Istanbul. On the sidelines of the gathering, Turkish, Serbian and Bosnian foreign ministers will hold a tripartite meeting. Efforts to ensure stability in the Balkans will top agenda of the meeting. Also, President Abdullah Gul is expected to pay a visit to Serbia in October.
Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu will pay an official visit to Aleppo on October 13 and meet with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Mualem. After signing a bilateral agreement near Turkey-Syria border, the two ministers will proceed to the southeastern Turkish province of Gaziantep. Another high-level meeting will take place between the two countries on the level of prime ministers in November or in December.
Intense diplomacy traffic in Oct
Davutoglu will leave for Brussels on October 1 to hold talks before release of the Progress Report.
He will proceed to Azerbaijan to attend the Turkic-Speaking Countries Summit. He will also attend a bilateral meeting between Turkey and Azerbaijan. The meeting is considered important in the process of normalization of Turkey-Armenia relations.
Davutoglu will pay a visit to the Netherlands on October 6.
Hungarian foreign minister will come to Ankara on October 8 while foreign ministers of southeastern European countries will converge to Istanbul.
On October 10, two protocols will be signed to improve relations between Turkey and Armenia in Zurich, Switzerland.
Later, Davutoglu will pay an official visit to Aleppo on October 13.
World Cup match between Turkey and Armenia will take place in the northwestern Turkish province of Bursa on October 14.
Following the match, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Davutoglu will visit Iraq on October 15.
Davutoglu will visit France on October 21 while Prime Minister Erdogan will pay visits to Pakistan and Iran on October 25 and 26.
Meanwhile, President Abdullah Gul will host his Macedonian counterpart on October 16 and Kazakh counterpart on October 22. He will pay a visit to Serbia on October 25.
Last Mod: 01 Ekim 2009, 15:24