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    Turkish PM to return home after 15 soldiers killed

    HotNewsTurkey Staff
    04.10.2008 - 12:05 | Son Güncelleme:

    Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday he would cut short his visit to Turkmenistan after 15 Turkish soldiers were killed in a clash with the outlawed terrorist PKK on Saturday, during a televised conference in Turkmenistan. (UPDATED)

    Erdogan, who is currently in Turkmenistan on a Central Asian tour that was expected to include a visit to Mongolia, said he would cut short his visit and return to Turkey after he received news of the terrorist attack, in which he said that 20 Turkish soldiers had also been wounded.

    "We have revised our program. Some members of my delegation will travel onto Mongolia and I will return to Turkey with the rest," Erdogan said in televised remarks from Ashgabat.

     

    “Our struggle against terrorism would continue with the same and increased determination,” Erdogan said, adding that a meeting for terrorism would be held in the coming week.

    Erdogan was due to visit to Turkmenistan in Oct 3-4 upon an invitation from Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow and later continue to Mongolia on Oct. 4-6 upon an invitation from Mongolian Prime Minister Sanjaa Bayar.

    Matters related to relations between Turkey and Turkmenistan, as well as regional and international developments, were expected to be discussed during bilateral talks and talks between the delegations of the two countries.

    The Turkish army said earlier Saturday that 15 soldiers and 23 PKK seperatists were killed after an attack on a military post near the Iraqi border on Friday. 

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