Turkey, US share 'identical views' on Egypt: Davutogl

5th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Saturday that Turkey and the United States share "100 percent identical views" about Egypt.

However, Turkey believes that it is not the time to discuss pushing forward the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Davutoglu told reporters ahead of his talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.

"The good side is the views are 100-percent identical, the region perspective, the worries, the concerns are the same," he said citing a phone call on Egypt Friday between US President Barack Obama and Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Egypt.

In Ankara on Wednesday, Erdogan said Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's pledge to stand down in September was not enough and he should go immediately, amid a wave of mass protests calling for his ouster.

In Washington on Friday, Obama delivered a clear hint that Mubarak should step down now, saying the proud "patriot" should listen to his people and make the "right decision."

Obama did not explicitly call on Mubarak to resign, but said Friday the Arab strongman had already made the psychological leap of realizing his rule was ebbing, and now should reconsider his position amid a mass uprising.

However, Davutoglu appeared to diverge with Washington when he said "it's better not to talk about Israel-Palestine now. They are separate issues."

Clinton was due to join EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to discuss efforts to revive the stalled Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.

The four represent the international Quartet on the Middle East.

© 2011 AFP

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