Grace Fu to attend Gallipoli Campaign commemoration in Turkey

The Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs Grace Fu will visit Turkey from Apr 23 to 24 to attend events marking the 100th anniversary of the Çanakkale Land Battles, also known as the Gallipoli Campaign, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday.

One of the bloodiest battles in World War I, the Gallipoli Campaign took place in Turkey's Gallipoli peninsula in 1915 as part of what proved to be a hopeless Allied campaign against Ottoman forces to try to secure the Dardanelles shipping lanes.

It ended in defeat for the Allies - among them Australia, Britain, France and New Zealand - after nine months. More than 100,000 were killed, according to different estimates.

Ms Fu will attend the Peace Summit, which will be held in conjunction with the centennial and chaired by Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davotoglu, in Istanbul on Thursday, MFA said in a statement. She will then attend an official dinner hosted by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

On Friday, Ms Fu will represent President Tony Tan Keng Yam at the official Centennial Commemoration Ceremonies in Çanakkale, said MFA.

Ms Fu will be accompanied by MFA officials during the trip.