Israeli PM Peres to arrive in Turkey

Published April 9th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres has delayed a visit to Turkey by one day and will arrive in Ankara on Tuesday, April 10, a Turkish diplomat told AFP Sunday. 


During his one-day stay in the Turkish capital, the Israeli minister will discuss developments in the Middle East and the fate of the stalled peace process with Turkish officials. 


Israeli plans to buy drinking water from Turkey are also expected to be on the agenda. 


Peres will be the first member of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's government to visit Turkey, Israel's main regional ally. 


Predominantly Muslim but strictly secular Turkey has developed close ties with Israel since 1996 when the two signed a military cooperation accord that angered most Arab countries and Iran. — (AFP, Ankara) 


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