Obama to Visit Turkey

The president has added a new stop to his foreign itinerary: Turkey. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Obama’s plans at a stop in Ankara and said the visit would occur in the next month or so. The trip will allow Obama to deliver on one of his campaign pledges: to give a speech in an Islamic country early in his term, as a way to improve US relations with the Muslim world. Turkey, which is 99.8 percent Muslim, has close ties with the US and the West. Obama could add the visit to his overeas trip later this month, when he visits the UK, France, Germany, and the Czech Republic for several summits on the global economy and security.