Turkish prime minister visit to Albania cancelled

Türkiye Materials 13 March 2007 16:52 (UTC +04:00)

( Cihan ) - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Albania, which was scheduled to be started on Tuesday, has been cancelled due to "health problems".

The official visit to Albania, which Mr. Erdogan will pay on March 13-14, has been postponed to a further date due to health problems, said a statement released from Prime Minister's press office on Monday evening.

PM Erdogan was late for two and a half hours to participate in Monday's cabinet meeting as doctors had to treat him for complaints of backache. The doctors examined the premier and prescribed a day's rest due to recurring of symptoms of hernia.

Following the cabinet meeting, which lasted 4 hours, Erdogan attended the ceremony at the parliament held to mark the anniversary of the approval of the Turkish national anthem. Then, Erdogan was back home to have a rest.

Erdogan's meeting with Danish Parliament Speaker Christian Mejdahl was canceled and he did not attend the central executive board meeting of his ruling Justice and Development Party, either.