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Turkish President Postpones U.S. Visit

May 05, 1987|From Reuters

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish President Kenan Evren, his country angered over proposed cuts in American aid, has postponed a planned visit to the United States, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.

A statement said Ankara has suggested to Washington that the trip, scheduled for May 26-29, should now take place in August.

Evren replied to a formal invitation from President Reagan, saying that current domestic issues, including proposed constitutional amendments, will not permit him to leave the country.

Ankara has been increasingly disturbed by proposals in the U.S. Congress to cut aid to Turkey next year from $913 million to $569 million. It also objects to a congressional committee decision that would prevent the aid being used by Turkish troops in Cyprus.

Diplomats said Evren apparently postponed his visit in the hope that the dispute would die down by August.

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