Finnish Prime Minister due in Ankara today

Iran Materials 1 December 2006 18:09 (UTC +04:00)

(CIHAN) - Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen is to pay a visit to Turkish capital Ankara on Friday, two days after the European Commission's recommendation of a partial suspension of Turkey's accession talks.

Prime Minister of Finland, the current holder of the rotating EU Presidency, will be received by Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the afternoon.

Erdogan is expected to convey his visiting counterpart Turkey's expectations from the EU on EU negotiations and, in particular, Cyprus issue, reports Trend.

The two leaders will hold a joint press conference following their meeting. Finnish premier is expected to leave Ankara in the evening.

Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul will meet the ambassadors of the EU member states in Ankara at a lunch. FM Gul is expected to explain Turkey's stance on the issues of opening ports and a deal on Cyprus.