Turkish minister's plane denied permission to land in N.Iraq-official

ANKARA Tue Dec 4, 2012 7:44am EST

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ANKARA Dec 4 (Reuters) - A plane carrying Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz to northern Iraq's Arbil was denied permission to land on Tuesday by the central government in Baghdad, a Turkish energy ministry official said on Tuesday.

The plane, which had taken off from Istanbul, was forced to land in Turkey's Kayseri, a city southeast of the capital Ankara, the official said. Yildiz had been due to attend an energy conference in Arbil.