An official says Turkey's prime minister is planning to visit Egypt, Tunisia and Libya where popular uprisings have ousted autocratic leaders.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan was already scheduled to visit Egypt, starting on Sept. 12. But a Foreign Ministry official said Wednesday trips to Tunisia and Libya "are also on the agenda." He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with the ministry's rules.
Erdogan has said he intends to also cross into the Gaza Strip from Egypt, but it was not clear if that trip would go ahead.
Erdogan's tour comes at a time as ties between Turkey and its former ally Israel have deteriorated further over Israel's refusal to apologize for last year's raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla that killed nine pro-Palestinian activists.