BAKU: Visit of US Secretary of State to Ankara ended

Azer Tag, Azerbaijan
Feb 7 2005

[February 07, 2005, 18:54:16]

As was informed earlier, we already informed, on February 5, having
arrived on a working visit to Ankara the US Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rise has carried out meetings with the President of
Turkey Ahmed Necdet Sezer, Prime Minister Rejep Tayyip Erdogan, the
Deputy Prime Minister, minister of foreign affairs Abdullah Gul, and
also with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Sergey Lavrov now visiting Ankara.

Leaving on February 6, from Ankara, Ms. Condoleezza Rice has held
together with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Abdullah Gul
a press conference at the Esenboga airport.

Answering questions of journalists, K. Rice has expressed
satisfaction with visit and the carried out negotiations. She has
told: “During the meetings taken place in Ankara, we had detailed
exchange of opinions on the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan,
establishment of peace and stability in the Near East, the Cyprian
problem, American – Turkish relations, membership of Turkey in the
European Union and about other regional and international problems.

Mass media of Turkey have paid special attention to the meeting
between Kondoleezza Rice and Sergey Lavrov. As known, at this
meeting, that continued about three hours, there was a conversation
on democratic processes in Russia, situation in Ukraine and Georgia,
the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, struggle against
the international terrorism, the nuclear program of Iran, cooperation
between the USA and Russia in power sector, and also about other
regional and international problems.