Turkey's PM decides to go to US, returns envoy after Armenia bill

Turkey said on Friday that it was returning its ambassador to Washington, a month after he was recalled to protest US Armneia bill.

Turkey's PM decides to go to US, returns envoy after Armenia bill

Turkey said on Friday that it was sending its ambassador back to Washington, a month after he was recalled to protest against US bill on Armenia claims.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan also confirmed that he would attend an international nuclear summit to be hosted by President Barack Obama in Washington on April 12-13.

"I received an invitation five, six months ago, to attend an international event that other countries will also be attending and serves a good cause, to prevent the use and spreading of nuclear weapons. I will be going to the United States," Erdogan told journalists.

"My ambassador Namik Tan will be go back to Washington before my visit," the prime minister added.

Tan was recalled to Turkey after the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs adopted a resolution on Armenian allegations related to the incidents of 1915 in a voting of 23-22 on March 4.

In a telephone call with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu last Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton assured Turkey that the White House opposed the congressional resolution.

It is uncertain whether the resolution will go to a vote of the full House of Representatives or whether it could pass. The congressional committee only passed the resolution by a single vote.

Washington is seeking to convince Turkey, a non-permanent member of the Security Council, to support a fourth round of U.N. economic sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme, but Erdogan said he is against new sanctions.

Agencies

Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Nisan 2010, 15:29

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