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Russian FM visits Turkey

ISTANBUL, July 2 (KUNA) -- In a visit which is the first of its kind for a high ranking Russian official following the presidential elections in Moscow last March, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has arrived at Turkey on an official visit to discuss a number of hot regional issues.
During the two-day visit, Lavrov will meet with his Turkish counterpart Ali Babajan, the president Abdullah Gul, and the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The meetings will focus on ways to develop economic and bilateral ties between the two countries, in addition to discussing regional developments, especially in Iran, Iraq, the Middle East, the Caucasus, and the Balkan countries.
Moreover, the topics up for discussion include Turkey's mediation efforts in indirect peace talks between Syria and Israel, which Russia supports.(end) ta.kld KUNA 021128 Jul 08NNNN