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Hero’s welcome: Turkish PM visits Egypt to boost regional influence
Turkish leader visits Arab Spring states amid feud with Israel and increasing popularity over pro-Palestinian stance. Egypt rulers embarrassed after protesters attack Israel embassy.
September 13, 2011 1:11 by Reuters
A foreign ministry official said there was no rivalry. “The results of Erdogan’s visit will show that Turkey cares about Egypt, just as Egypt is keen to have good relations with Turkey,” said Amr Roushdy.
At the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Erdogan will have a chance to talk with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas on the Palestinian UN statehood bid, which is vehemently opposed by Israel and the United States.
Qatar, which won US praise for its backing of the Libyan rebels who succeeded in toppling Gaddafi last month, has taken a leading role in organising support for the Palestinian bid. (By Yasmine Saleh; Additional reporting by Ibon Villelabeitia in Istanbul, Jon Burch in Ankara, Ori Lewis in Jerusalem and Dan Williams in Tel Aviv; writing by Andrew Hammond; editing by Philippa Fletcher)
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