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President Abdullah Gül.Photo:Scanpix
First Turkish state visit to Sweden

Sweden prepares for historic visit from Turkish President

Police are warning motorists to avoid central Stockholm early this week during the Turkish state visit by President Abdullah Gül along with an estimated delegation of 200 people. It is the first state visit by a Head of State from Turkey to Sweden. The police say they are prepared for demonstrations in the capital where there will be heavy security .

Turkey's entry into the EU and the Syrian crisis will be items on the agenda in talks with the Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Foreign Minister Carl Bildt. The visit ends with a trip to Uppsala University on Wednesday.

"During the last decade, Swedish-Turkish relations have improved considerably, and it has increased interest from the Swedish side to arrange a state visit, the first ever from Turkey to Sweden," says the Swedish foreign ministry's expert on Turkish affairs Johan Berglund.

He says on the government's website, that Sweden is working actively for a future EU membership for Turkey.

"Swedish authorities and organizations are deeply involved in giving advice on how to adapt the Turkish law and Turkish authorities to the EU standards. This applies primarily to the central issues of democracy and human rights," says Johan Berglund.

Turkish President Abdullah Gül was due to visit Sweden last September but had to cancel due to health reasons.

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