British Prime Minister Tony Blair is heading to Turkey, in the first stop of a Middle East tour aimed at reviving the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

The prime minister's office says Mr. Blair is to meet in Ankara with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss Middle East issues and Turkey's hope for joining the European Union.

Details of his other stops in the region were not immediately available.

Mr. Blair left for Turkey Friday from Brussels, where he was attending a European Union summit. 

At the Brussels meeting, EU leaders urged Syria to stop interfering in Lebanon's affairs, and noted what they called the negative impact of Iranian policies on the stability and security of the Middle East.

The EU leaders called on Iran to play a "responsible role" in the Middle East region.