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        9/4/2011, Elul 5, 5771

      Erdogan Tries to Tighten Ties with Egypt


      Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will discuss signing a strategic cooperation agreement with Egypt, according to Turkish diplomatic sources cited, on Sunday, by the Egyptian newspaper Al-Youm Al-Saba'. The sources say Erdogan is expected to travel to Cairo on September 12th for meetings with the head of the Supreme Military Council, Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, and Prime Minister Essam Sharaf.

      The report comes at the height of the diplomatic crisis between Israel and Turkey over the naval blockade of Gaza and Israel's interception of a Turkish ship that tried to break the blockade in 2010. Turkey expelled Israel's ambassador on Friday over Israel's refusal to apologize for the incident, in which nine Turkish activists died after attacking Israeli commandos. Turkey also cited Israel's refusal to remove the blockade.