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Obama takes part in UN Alliance of Civilizations in Istanbul April 6

ANKARA, March 10 (KUNA) -- US President Barack Obama visits Turkey early next month to participate in the annual Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations, due to be held in Istanbul, diplomatic sources said Tuesday.
Hurriyet newspaper quoted the sources in its website as saying that Obama would take part in the Forum at the invitation of Turkish and Spanish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Jose Rodriguez Zapatero respectively, who would co-chair the forum, slated for April 6-7.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had announced during her visit to Ankara three days ago that Obama would be visiting Turkey but did not specify the date.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul, in a statement to the press today, said Obama's visit was significant because it would coincide with "decisive" developments in the Middle East.
He said a new era of relations had begun after the new American Administration announced its new policy towards its friends and allies. (end) mm.bs KUNA 102115 Mar 09NNNN