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Turkish PM Stable, Resting at Home After Abdominal Surgery


Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan makes his address during the summit of religious leaders from Muslim countries in Africa, at the Ottoman-era Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, November 21, 2011.

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan makes his address during the summit of religious leaders from Muslim countries in Africa, at the Ottoman-era Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, November 21, 2011.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in stable condition and resting at home after undergoing successful abdominal surgery.

Turkey's Anatolia news agency quoted Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc on Wednesday as saying the 57-year-old Erdogan is expected to return to his duties soon.

Erdogan underwent laproscopic surgery on his digestive system Saturday and was released from the hospital Tuesday evening.

Erdogan and Turkish President Abdullah Gul are scheduled to meet with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in Ankara on Friday.

The Turkish and American leaders are expected to discuss continued U.S. support in Turkey's fight against Kurdish [PKK] rebels, the situations in Syria and Afghanistan, and the upcoming Cyprus negotiations. Discussions also will include expanding trade opportunities between the U.S. and Turkey.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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