March 7th, 2009
09:20 AM ET
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Officials: Obama to visit Turkey in April

[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.

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  1. Les

    I hope Obamachimp will stay in Turkey for good!

    March 7, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. Obama 2.0

    He is thinking, Hillary did not bring me a magic button to push with her together at the same time while we smile into the camera. and she is laughing at me.

    March 7, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. Obama 2.0

    She is thinking, turkey is great, I love turkey with gravey, cornbread, mashed potatoes & vodka.

    March 7, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. Bud in NC

    OH MY GOSH!! Obama believes we should talk with people around the world, even those we have dissagreements with. Is civilization as we know it in peril? I think NOT. Thankfully progress towards peace in this troubled world may finally be getting started.

    No more Bush/Condi/Cheney methods like tell everybody what to do, what we want, and when we want it, or we are going to let them have it. Show them your fist. Cowboy showdown shootout non-diplomacy.

    What corupt, evil BOZO'S.

    Watch out Mr President, all the junior grade BOZO'S are going to be criticising non-stop.

    March 7, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. No Hillary = No Obama

    That's apropos, given that Obama is turning out to be one big turkey. Why doesn't he just stay there!

    March 7, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. Arwa

    Why Turkey? why not Somalia he can get most beutiful women .and no one is christian so he can pray well.

    March 7, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    So we got states Refusing to take Federal money, States run by Republican's, okay we'll just give it to states who want it. come 2010 the people will vote out these republicans,who put politics above the best interest of the people of their states.

    March 7, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. Yusuf abdul

    he really love ride jumbo jet,wall street loss mean many peoples loss jobs and company many company close door..

    March 7, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. David B in Naperville

    Jim:

    The President visited Canada two weeks ago. Hardly a first stop in an Islamic country Jimmy.

    March 7, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. Moving Forward!

    African american: you apparently didn't read the article did you??? Turkey is a stauch ally of the U.S. I would think our new president needs to meet and acqaint himself and our allies with each other first; which would allow him to discuss our intentions with regard to the mid-east relations and our expectations of our allies. You can't meet with other countries who don't have FULL DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS with the U.S. if you don't know what's in your own bag of options, you will be at a disadvantage in any kind of negotiations.

    March 7, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Simmy

    She's gone from "mis-speaking" to mis-interpreting.... So Funny........
    She seems to have found her niche in this position.....Good for her!

    March 7, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  12. Survivor

    Smart move – so many fires.....so little time. Go President Obama....I am hoping that you begin to pave the way to carrying on diplomacy with intelligence – we all stand to gain from that – the whole world gains to benefit!

    I hope those who are challenging everything this President does and says has to eat "crow" in the end _ it is very tiring to hear all the worthless comments based on absolutely no knowledge of any given subject!j

    Oh well – welcome to the "free press"!

    March 7, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    After the United States, the 2nd largest standing armed force in NATO is Turkey?
    I'm glad we're allies.

    March 7, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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