Turkish PM to visit Palestine

Wed 27 Mar 2013 06:59 GMT | 10:59 Local Time

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Erdogan says will visit Palestine to monitor status of blockade.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that he is planning to visit the Palestinian territories, including Gaza, to monitor the status of an Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip -- the lifting of which is one of three demands Ankara put forward to normalize ties with Tel Aviv.

Erdogan said before his deputies in a parliamentary group meeting on Tuesday that he will visit the West Bank and Gaza with Turkish relief organizations to see the latest situation with respect to the Israeli-imposed blockade on Gaza and work to improve the humanitarian conditions. The visit is expected to take place next month, although Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç cautioned that it may not happen. “A visit by our prime minister to Gaza in April is on the agenda, but it may not be possible as well. This possibility should also be taken into consideration,” he cautioned at a press conference after a regular meeting of the Cabinet on Monday evening.

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