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ANKARA, February 27, /ITAR-TASS/. Speaker of the Russian State Duma lower parliament house Sergei Naryshkin, who is paying an official visit to Turkey, on Thursday will meet with Turkish President Abdullah Gul, have talks with speaker of the Turkish parliament Cemil Cicek and will take part in the opening ceremony of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture.
Naryshkin arrive in the Turkish capital after visiting Israel and Palestine. While in Ankara, he will visit Anitkabir, or the mausoleum of the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, where he will lay a wreath to his tomb and make an entry in the distinguished visitors’ book. After this ceremony, Naryshkin will have talks with his Turkish counterpart, both tete-a-tete and in an extended format. The sides will discuss issues of the development of inter-parliamentary ties and other topics of bilateral cooperation.
The State Duma speaker will also have brief talks with Turkish President Abdullah Gul, after which he and his Turkish counterpart will take part in the opening ceremony of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Ankara.
This centre will be the first big representative office of Russia’s federal agency for international humanitarian cooperation in Turkey. Such centres the Russian agency opens around the globe are tasked to promote the development of ties between Russian compatriots living abroad and Russia, to consolidate Russian diasporas, to organize classes, cultural, education and sports events.