[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/03/07/obama.turkey/art.clinton.afp.gi.jpg caption="Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets Saturday with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan."]
(CNN) - President Obama will visit Turkey in April, two senior administration officials told CNN on Saturday.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was holding talks in Ankara Saturday with officials "to emphasize the work the United States and Turkey must do together on behalf of peace, prosperity and progress," she said.
Obama had said he was going to deliver a speech in a Muslim capital within the first hundred days of his presidency. Clinton did not say that Obama would be making such a speech during this visit.
A senior Obama administration official confirmed that Turkey will be the president's first visit to a Muslim nation since taking office, but did not provide dates for the president's upcoming visit to Turkey, saying that planning is just beginning.
Turkey is a secular country and predominantly Muslim. It is a NATO member and has been a longtime ally of the United States. It is one of the few Muslim countries to have full diplomatic relations with Israel and has long been the Jewish state's closest military and economic partner in the region.