Turkish foreign minister postponed Bulgaria visit ‘because of Sochi’

Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoğlu postponed a scheduled visit to Bulgaria’s capital city Sofia on February 6 and 7 so that he could attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Russia’s city of Sochi, the foreign ministry in Ankara said, rejecting Turkish media reports that there were other reasons.

The postponement of the Davutoğlu visit reportedly had been because he would be unable to meet Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev in addition to a meeting with his host and counterpart, the Bulgarian foreign minister.

Reports also saw no coincidence in the fact that Bulgaria and Turkey are locked in a dispute about road freight transport transit licences, which has led to long queues at the Bulgarian-Turkish border because of Turkish retaliation against Bulgaria issuing far fewer than the required number of such licences.

But the Turkish foreign ministry said that the reason for the postponement was that Davutoğlu was to accompany Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to Sochi.

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