U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney is due in the Turkish capital Ankara Monday for the last stop on his nine-day Middle East tour.
The vice president is expected to ask Turkey for help in fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan and with negotiations to curtail Iran's nuclear program. Ankara has strong ties with Iran and relies on the nation for much of its oil.
On Sunday, Mr. Cheney held a joint news conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The vice president told reporters a Mideast peace deal would require painful concessions by both Israel and the Palestinians.
Cheney arrived at Mr. Abbas' headquarters in Ramallah after talks in Jerusalem with Israeli President Shimon Peres and other officials.