Turkish FM meets with NATO’s Rasmussen

July 15, 2011, Friday/ 00:15:00

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu on Thursday met with NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen ahead of an İstanbul gathering for the Libya Contact Group.

Davutoğlu and Rasmussen met over dinner, which was closed to the media. During the meeting, Davutoğlu reportedly told Rasmussen that political talks within the contact group were planned to be carried out within the framework a road map that Turkey had proposed in the hopes of finding a settlement to the Libyan crisis.

Davutoğlu also briefed the NATO chief about his latest visit to Benghazi and his talks with the rebel government. Rasmussen is set to participate in the fourth Libya Contact Group's meeting on Friday to discuss the latest developments in the Libyan war and ways for peace in the North African country.

Australia, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Britain, Malta, Morocco, the Netherlands, Poland as well as United Arab Emirates and the United States will participate in the meeting, all sending their foreign ministers. The Greek foreign minister was expected to attend the meeting as well. China and Russia said they will not attend the meeting.

The heads of the Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council, NATO and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation will also participate in the meeting.

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