Turkey's FM starts his formal talks in Macedonia

Turkish foreign minister invited Talevski to Balkan Municipalities Forum scheduled to take place in June in Turkey.

Turkey's FM starts his formal talks in Macedonia

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu began his talks in Macedonia on Thursday.

On the first day of his formal visit to this country, Davutoglu travelled to a number of cultural and historical sites.

After attending informal inauguration of the Turkish Honorary Consulate in Ohrid, Davutoglu visited cities of Bitola, Struga, Gostivar and Tetovo.

Davutoglu met on Thursday Vladimir Talevski, the Mayor of Bitola.

Davutoglu underlined importance of friendly relations between Turkey and Macedonia adding that Bitola was a sister city of Turkey.

Davutoglu and Talevski discussed what kind of an assistance Turkey could make to protect historical heritage in Bitola and ways to boost economic relations.

Turkish foreign minister invited Talevski to Balkan Municipalities Forum scheduled to take place in June in Turkey.

Asked to comment on relations between Macedonia and Greece, Davutoglu said Turkey was eager to boost its relations with all neighboring countries in the Balkans. "Turkey has always been a friend of Macedonia since it declared its independence. It extended support to Macedonia on many issues including membership to NATO. Turkey hopes that relations between Greece and Macedonia will come to a positive level."

"Formal talks"

The Turkish foreign minister later proceeded to Skopje and attended a dinner hosted in his honor by Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov.

Davutoglu is expected to visit the Balkan University in Skopje and later hold a joint press conference with Macedonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Antonio Miososki on Friday.

He will also be received by Macedonia's Parliament Speaker Trayko Veljanovski, Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and President Gjorge Ivanov.

After meeting with members of the Turkish-Macedonian Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group, Davutoglu will give a conference on Turkey's foreign policy and the Balkans at the Ss. Cyrril and Methodius University.

He will also inaugurate the Yunus Emre Culture Center.

A Turkish poet and Sufi mystic, Yunus Emre was one of the first known Turkish poets to have composed works in the spoken Turkish of his own age and region rather than in Persian or Arabic, his diction remains very close to the popular speech of his contemporaries in Central and Western Anatolia. His poems, written in the tradition of Anatolian folk poetry, mainly concern divine love as well as human destiny.

He is expected to return to Turkey in the evening.


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Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Mart 2010, 16:22

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