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Turkish PM Tells Mubarak To Meet Call For Change

Egyptian demonstrators gather at dusk in Tahrir Square in Cairo on January 31 2011
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak today to listen to the demands of his people.

In a weekly speech in parliament, Erdogan said Mubarak should "meet the people's desire for change without hesitation."

Erdogan described his appeal to Mubarak as "a very sincere advice, a very sincere warning." Turkey's diplomatic influence in the Middle East has risen in recent years, as its once good relations with Israel soured.

compiled from agency reports