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France's Sarkozy Visits Turkey

French President Nicolas Sarkozy pays a quick visit to Turkey today.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, a firm opponent of Turkey's accession to the European Union, meets with Turkish leaders today during a brief visit to Ankara.

The talks are unlikely to touch on Turkey's bid to join the European Union, as Sarkozy will be visiting Ankara in his capacity as current president of the Group of 20 forum, rather than on a state visit.

The visit is scheduled to last only a few hours, and Turkish leaders have voiced disappointment that Sarkozy did not make more time for them.

It is is Sarkozy's first visit to Turkey since he became president in May 2007.

compiled from agency reports