ISTANBUL -- Secretary of State John F. Kerry has urged Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to delay a planned visit to the Gaza Strip, saying it could jeopardize efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
Ending a two-day visit here, Kerry told reporters Sunday he believed that "it would be more helpful [for Erdogan] to wait for the right circumstance. ... We're trying to get off the ground, and we would like to see the parties with as little outside distraction as possible."
He said this was one of a number of "important reasons" why Erdogan shouldn't go on the trip, and implied that the Turkish leader hadn't made a final decision on the plan.
Kerry has been meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and other Turkish officials, but didn't meet Erdogan on this visit.