Turkey to send Kyrgyzstan delegation to help stability

Turkey will not evacuate its diplomatic staff from Kyrgyzstan, Turkey's foreign minister said on Monday.

However, Turkey will send two passenger planes later in the day to bring back Turkish citizens in Jalalabad and Osh provinces, Ahmet Davutoglu said.

Unrest in Kyrgyzstan broke out again over the weekend after riots in April which had overthrown the Kyrgyz government. Ethnic violence killed at least 100 in Jalalabad and Osh, reports said.

"Turkey has never thought to evacuate its embassies in friendly and sister countries, even under very hard conditions. Our embassy will continue to work 24 hours a day. Turkish flag will always wave over our embassy in Kyrgysztan," Davutoglu told a joint press conference after his meeting with Senegal's Foreign Minister Madicke Niang in Ankara.

Davutoglu also said that Turkish government had taken a number of measures for the safety of Turkish citizens in this country. He said he spoke with Deputy Prime Minister of interim Kyrgyz government Almazbek Atanbayev, adding that Turkey would soon send a delegation comprised of diplomatic, economic and security agencies of Turkey to discuss with Kyrgyz authorities steps that can be taken and possible contributions of Turkey for stability of the Central Asian nation.

"We will do whatever necessary and we will exert all efforts for peace in this country in the shortest time possible," he said.

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