PM DAVUTOĞLU: TURKEY WILL BE FREED OF TERROR

PM DAVUTOĞLU: TURKEY WILL BE FREED OF TERROR

02.02.2016-AA

Ankara

Highlights from Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s Speech Addressing Opinion Leaders from Eastern and South-eastern Anatolia and Representatives of Non-Governmental Organizations

"Turkey will be freed of terror as a result of our decisive fight against it. Our cities will be freed of barricades, pits and being arsenals. All our cities, districts, mountains and plains will be cleared of the damage caused by terror and all our citizens will find peace.”

"Terror is a Sector Feeding on Blood, Tears and Hatred”

"Terror is a sector feeding on blood, tears and hatred… In this sector, there are shady structures, PKK in particular, which pledge themselves to terror and violence and adopt it as a lifestyle. It is led by terror barons and arms dealers. We will disband it not only by security measures; but also by justice, law, conscience and mercy. We will position our government in view of the demands of our citizens, not of a terrorist organization involved in bloody endeavours. We don’t have the tears of an innocent person on our hands, let alone their blood.”

TURKISH FM COMMEMORATES MOTHER OF SREBRENICA VICTIMS
التاريخ : 23.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey's foreign minister on Monday commemorated the late Hatidza Mehmedovic, an activist who fought for justice for victims of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide. 

Mehmedovic, head of the Mothers of Srebrenica Association, died in the capital Sarajevo on Sunday. She was 66.

“We will always remember her as someone who sought justice for the victims of Srebrenica,” Mevlut Cavusoglu posted on Twitter. 

“Her cause will continue forever,” Cavusoglu added. 

Mehmedovic died at a clinic while receiving treatment for cancer. She will be buried in her hometown of Srebrenica on Wednesday. 

After losing her husband and two sons in the genocide, Mehmedovic dedicated her life to raising awareness of the genocide and became a symbol of resistance.

“I will be a mother no more,” she said in the wake of the genocide.

“I will not be able to have grandchildren. I will not be able to have a son, and I will no longer know what all of this happiness means.”

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turkish-fm-commemorates-mother-of-srebrenica-victims/1211810

TURKEY: ERDOGAN TO EMBARK ON 4-DAY AFRICA TOUR
التاريخ : 22.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will pay a four-day official visit to two African countries starting July 25, the presidential press office said on Sunday.

According to the statement, the Turkish president will attend the BRICS summit of state and government heads -- Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa on July 25-27 in the South African city of Johannesburg.

Erdogan’s attendance at the summit will serve as the first high-level contact between Turkey and the BRICS.

On the sidelines of the summit, the Turkish president is expected to hold bilateral meetings with the leaders of BRICS member states and other leaders who have been invited.

Erdogan will also pay an official visit to Zambia on July 28, the statement added.

As part of his visit, Erdogan will meet Zambian President Edgar Lungu to discuss bilateral relations and exchange views on regional and international developments.

This will be the first ever official visit from a Turkish president to Zambia.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/africa/turkey-erdogan-to-embark-on-4-day-africa-tour/1210786

TURKEY CONDEMNS SUICIDE BOMBING IN AFGHANISTAN
التاريخ : 22.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey on Sunday condemned a suicide bombing that targeted the convoy of Afghan Vice President Abdul Rasheed Dostum in the capital Kabul.

"We condemn the suicide attack that took place in front of Hamid Karzai International Airport right after Dostum's convoy left the airport, after he returned home after 14 months of self-exile in Turkey," said the Foreign Ministry in a statement.

The ministry statement said: "We wish Allah’s mercy upon those who lost their lives and convey our condolences to the Afghan people and the State."

The suicide blast rocked the area killing at least 11 people and wounding 14 others.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/turkey-condemns-suicide-bombing-in-afghanistan/1210920

TURKISH MINISTER DUBS G20 SUMMIT ‘EXTREMELY FRUITFUL’
التاريخ : 22.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Serious warnings about the protectionist trade policies were voiced at the G20 Meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, Turkey's Treasury and Finance Minister said in the Argentinian capital on Sunday. 

In an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency, Berat Albayrak said the summit is held at a time when the trade balances have been redefined and the global economy has faced with a tough test with increasing protectionism.

"The protectionist trade policies are likely to cause new troubles both in the productivity and in the fields of production and employment," he said.

"For us, it was a remarkable and crucial meeting including an intense economic diplomacy," Albayrak said, noting that he had bilateral discussions with his counterparts from the U.S., EU, China, Germany, France, Brazil, South Korea, Indonesia and other countries.

"In this sense, the G20 summit was extremely fruitful with a strong communication," the minister added. 

Pointing out Turkey's domestic, regional and global economic policies, Albayrak stressed that Turkey demonstrated how the country pursues sharing, win-win-based, active and dynamic policies -- thanks to the projects until today.

"Turkey will experience a much more powerful period in which it will not live what [problems] it lived in the past with a new development program, budget plan and macroprudential policies," he said.

Albayrak noted that he found the chance to explain Turkey's transformation and development success stories, while he attended a session as a main speaker to talk about Turkey's infrastructure investments -- valued more than $400 billion -- over the past 15 years.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/economy/turkish-minister-dubs-g20-summit-extremely-fruitful-/1210718

TURKEY’S E-GOVERNMENT DEVELOPMENT SCORES HIGH
التاريخ : 21.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey showed a high ­level of e-government development performance and ranked 53rd in the world, according to the United Nations this week.

The UN E-Government Survey 2018 showed that the country's place in the e-government development index (EGDI) -- which measures the use of information and communications technologies to deliver public services -- climbed 15 spots from the 68th place in 2016.

The EDGI value can be between 0 (lowest) and 1 (highest), as it is "a weighted average of normalized scores on the three most important dimensions of e-government".

"The scope and quality of online services as indicated by the online service index (OSI), the status of the development of telecommunication infrastructure rated through the telecommunication infrastructure index (TII) and the inherent human capital scored through the human capital index (HCI)."

According to the UN data, Turkey's EGDI value was 0.7112 this year, while the figure was 0.5900 two years ago. Regarding the sub-items, the country got 0.8889 score in the OSI, 0.4298 in the TII, and 0.8148 in the HCI this year.

Turkey's Transport and Infrastructure Minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan told Anadolu Agency that over the past 18 months many studies have been carried out to determine the digital services in line with the bureaucracy reduction plan.

"In this process, more than 1,600 services were integrated to e-government," Turhan said, adding: "We are accelerating our efforts to offer all digital services until the end of this year."     

Global scale  

Pointing out the first attempt to benchmark the state of e-government in 2001, the UN noted that it has been growing rapidly over the past 17 years.

"The 2018 survey highlights a persistent positive global trend towards higher levels of e-government development," it said. "In this edition, 40 countries score very-high, with EGDI values in the range of 0.75 to 1.00, as compared to only 10 countries in 2003, and 29 countries in 2016."

"Since 2014, all 193 Member States have been delivering some form of online presence," it said, noting that Denmark, Australia, and South Korea are the top countries in the EGDI this year.

"Since 2016, Denmark has been implementing its digital strategy 2016-2027, setting the course for Danish public-sector digitization efforts as well as their interaction with businesses and industry,

"This strategy is aimed at building the basis for a strong and secure digital Denmark."

The UN stated that Australia kept its position in 2016 and ranked second this year, adding that the country tops in HCI and stands among top 10 in OSI.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/science-technology/turkeys-e-government-development-scores-high-un/1210283

TURKEY TO CONTINUE PROTECTING TURKISH CYPRIOTS’ RIGHTS
التاريخ : 21.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey will continue to protect the rights of Turkish Cypriots “under any circumstances,” the country’s vice president said on Saturday.

"We will protect the rights of the Turkish Cypriot people under any circumstances. We will also not allow any fait accompli in the international arena," Fuat Oktay told reporters in Cyprus capital Lefkosa.

Speaking about the fresh water being provided via pipeline from Turkey to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Oktay said that 95 percent of the water issue has been resolved on the island.

"This is not only a peace project for the Turkish side but also for the Greek side," he added.

Turkey began to deliver fresh water to Turkish Cyprus via an 80-kilometer (50-mile) pipeline under the Mediterranean in October 2015. Under the project, some 75 million cubic meters of fresh water will be sent each year for a total of 50 years.

Oktay said that Turkey does not want Turkish Cypriots to be dependent on aid but to be able "to stand on their own feet and to produce by themselves“.

On Friday Turkish vice president attended the 44th anniversary of Turkey’s military operation launched to protect Turkish population in northern Cyprus in Lefkosa.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/turkey-to-continue-protecting-turkish-cypriots-rights/1210095

ISRAEL’S NATION-STATE BILL IS RACIST
الجهاز الاعلامي : Daily Sabah
تاريخ النشر : 21.07.2018
الكاتب : İbrahim Kalın
التفاصيل : Original Text
المصدر المرئية : Daily Sabah

What some Western media outlets called "Israel's controversial nation-state bill" is in fact racist legislation and advocates an official apartheid system. It is the last nail in the coffin of the two-state solution. It must be rejected by everyone who believes in justice and peace.

The bill stipulates: "Israel is the historic homeland of the Jewish people, and they have an exclusive right to national self-determination in it." This sends a terrifying message to the Palestinian minority of Israel and to millions of displaced and occupied Palestinians that they have no official place in the Jewish state. The Palestinian citizens of Israel are already treated as second-class citizens. The bill will make their status even worse.

It designates Jerusalem as the "complete and united... capital of Israel." This is another slap in the face of the international community and countless U.N. resolutions that have rejected the illegal occupation of Jerusalem and Palestinian lands. With the full backing of the Trump administration, the Netanyahu government shamelessly seeks to legalize occupation and antagonize the entire Muslim world. Let's remember that on Dec. 21, 2017, the U.N. General assembly resoundingly rejected by 128 to 9 votes the U.S. decision to accept Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. With this new legislation, Israel once again showed that it sees itself above international law.

Read more: https://www.dailysabah.com/columns/ibrahim-kalin/2018/07/21/israels-nation-state-bill-is-racist

TURKISH PRESIDENT MARKS ANNIVERSARY OF CYPRUS PEACE OP
التاريخ : 20.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

A lasting solution on the divided island of Cyprus will promote peace in the region, said Turkey’s president on Friday.

"There is no doubt that achieving the goal of a solution on Cyprus will contribute a great deal to the Eastern Mediterranean becoming an area of security, stability, and cooperation," said Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a message to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Mustafa Akinci, marking July 20 Peace and Freedom Day. 

July 20 Peace and Freedom Day in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus commemorates Turkey’s Cyprus Peace Operation -- a huge military intervention to protect Turkish Cypriots from inter-communal violence which struck the island in 1974.

"Having proved their devotion to peace and finding a resolution on the island at every turn, the Turkish Cypriot people have shown that they have the necessary will to overcome every sort of hardship despite all the unjust and illegitimate restrictions they are subjected to," said Erdogan. 

Highlighting Turkey's cooperation over the last half-century to find a just and lasting solution to the Cyprus issue, he said: "None of the decades-long negotiation processes has unfortunately yielded the desired results due to the Greek Cypriots’ insistent rejection of the establishment of a new partnership on the basis of political equality with the Turkish Cypriots even though the Turkish Cypriot people and motherland Turkey have duly fulfilled all their responsibilities in this regard."

He added: "Turkey will continue to always stand by its Turkish Cypriot brothers and sisters, to support the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on the path it will pursue, and to be the guarantee of the environment of peace, freedom, and stability both on the island of Cyprus and in the Eastern Mediterranean."

Every July 20, Peace and Freedom Day in the TRNC commemorates Turkey’s Cyprus Peace Operation.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when a Greek Cypriot coup was followed by violence against the island's Turks and Ankara's intervention as a guarantor power.

The latest attempt to reunify the long-divided Mediterranean island ended in failure in 2017 after two years of negotiations.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/todays-headlines/turkish-president-marks-anniversary-of-cyprus-peace-op/1209632

“TURKISH CYPRIOTS ALWAYS STOOD FOR SOLUTION ON ISLAND”
التاريخ : 20.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey’s presidential spokesperson Friday called on the international community to stand with the Turkish Cypriots, who are seeking a solution on the Mediterranean island at every opportunity.

“Under current conditions, the international community must take sides with the Turkish Cypriots, who have always stood for a solution to make lasting peace and tranquility on the island, and take a clear stand against the Greek side, which spurns proposals for peace,” Ibrahim Kalin said in a Twitter post, marking the 44th anniversary of Turkey’s Peace Operation on Cyprus.

July 20 Peace and Freedom Day in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus commemorates Turkey’s Cyprus Peace Operation -- a huge military intervention to protect Turkish Cypriots from inter-communal violence which struck the island in 1974.

In his message, Kalin commemorated the martyrs of the operation and praised the Turkish army for preventing an attempt to commit genocide against Cyprus’ Turks.

Stating that the Republic of Turkey has always supported an order that is just, lasting, and based on equality, he said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has worked for the sincere and serious handling of the issue.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/turkish-cypriots-always-stood-for-solution-on-island/1209549

TURKEY, NETHERLANDS TO NORMALIZE RELATIONS
التاريخ : 20.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey and the Netherlands have decided to normalize their bilateral relations, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Cavusoglu said he met his Dutch counterpart Stef Blok on the sidelines of the NATO Summit in Brussels and discussed the regretful events that took place in March 2017.

Underscoring the need to leave behind issues that block the two countries' strategic cooperation on a range of issues, Cavusoglu said: "My Dutch counterpart has conveyed a letter to me and affirmed willingness to normalize relations. Upon his letter, I have also spoke to him over the phone and agreed to pave the way for our relations."

"In this context, we agreed to make a joint statement as a first step. We also agreed to bilaterally reinstate our ambassadors shortly."

Cavusoglu further noted: "I have also invited my Dutch counterpart to visit Turkey in efforts to determine roadmap that would rerail our relations to its initial state and to reestablish the dialogue and trust between the two countries."

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/turkey-netherlands-to-normalize-relations-/1209487

TURKEY-VENEZUELA BILATERAL TRADE ON RISE
التاريخ : 20.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's three important visits to Turkey during the last year reflected credit on bilateral trade, said head of Foreign Economic Relations Board's (DEIK) Turkey-Venezuela Business Council.

Turkey's exports to Venezuela rose 108.3 percent to $37.5 million in 2017 versus the previous year, and imports from Venezuela jumped by 78.6 percent to $116.5 million in the same period, Selim Bora told Anadolu Agency.

"Turkey has an advantage because Venezuela needs imports almost in all sectors. If Venezuela resolves its currency problem, Turkey may export food, automotive, machinery, construction, chemical, medicine and consumer goods to the country," he said.

He noted that the private sector in Venezuela had difficulties to access foreign currencies and the country's government persists in using its cryptocurrency "petro" in imports but petro is not an instrument of payment yet.

"Barter trade is a method that could help access foreign currencies and financing imports," Bora stressed.

He added: "The process was started between two countries for basic products, and it was agreed that barter trade will be used by companies."

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/americas/turkey-venezuela-bilateral-trade-on-rise/1209429

TURKEY FINDS NEW EVIDENCE LINKING FETO TO DEFEATED COUP
التاريخ : 20.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey has found a new evidence showing Fetullah Terrorist Organization’s (FETO) direct link to 2016 defeated coup attempt, the country’s justice minister said on Friday.

Speaking to reporters in Nizip district of southeastern Gaziantep province, Abdulhamit Gul said: “We’ve reached a new evidence corroborating all of our arguments and data that FETO has direct links to the coup attempt at that night.”

“We’ve sent this [evidence] to related persons. We expect a step on this,” Gul said.

“I will hold a phone conversation with the U.S. Secretary for Justice (Attorney General) this evening. We will follow this process together.”

The justice minister recalled that a Turkish delegation went to the U.S. last month and a U.S. delegation came to Ankara last week to jointly monitor the process.

Turkey is having contact with the U.S. authorities over the extradition of FETO’s U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen, he said, adding that a working group has been established to monitor the process.

In regards to a Britain court confiscating passport of Akin Ipek, a fugitive Turkish businessman wanted for being involved in the defeated coup in Turkey, the minister said: “…We are following the process in any case.”

“Legally, no terror organization should be protected,” he said.

Without naming any country, Gul said: “If you are a state of law, you will not protect a terrorist. You will not discriminate for the benefit of terror organizations."

On Thursday, judging him a flight risk, a British court confiscated the passport of Akin Ipek, who was the former head of Koza Ipek Holding.

Turkey’s extradition request for Ipek with the approval of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) was previously submitted to British authorities.

After his arrest this May, Ipek was released on £50,000 ($64,000) bail.

Ipek, accused of attempting to overthrow Turkey’s government and violate the Constitution, faces up to two aggravated life sentences if convicted.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/todays-headlines/turkey-finds-new-evidence-linking-feto-to-defeated-coup/1209425

TURKISH VICE PRESIDENT MARKS ANNIVERSARY OF CYPRUS OP
التاريخ : 20.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkish vice president on Friday marked the 44th anniversary of Turkey’s military operation launched to protect Turkish population in northern Cyprus.

Known as "Cyprus Peace Operation", the massive military operation was launched with the aim of protecting Turkish Cypriots from inter-communal violence that had broken out on the island.

“[It is] the most honorable day of the struggle for a right to Turkish Cypriots’ freedom and to continue their existence as the equal owner of the island,” Vice President Fuat Oktay said at an event marking the 44th anniversary of the operation in Lefkosa.

Oktay said the Turkish army used its rights under international agreements to protect Turks in Cyprus. “[Turkey] failed their attempts to eradicate the Turkish Cypriots and to remove them from the history scene.

“That day, Turkey, as a guarantor, showed to the whole world that it will continue to stand by Turkish Cypriots no matter what.”

He said the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) is now in a position to contribute to peace and stability in the region as a modern state.

Oktay said Greek Cypriots continued to see themselves as the only owner of the island and did not want to share the political power with Turkish Cypriots.

“This, in spite of all our efforts, has led to the failure of the process targeting the establishment of a new federal partnership on the island, just like the previous ones.”

He said Greek Cypriots were far from to change their attitude towards the issue.

“Greek Cypriots won’t be allowed to make the Turkish Cypriots a minority community,” Oktay said.

Every July 20 Peace and Freedom Day in the TRNC commemorates Turkey’s “Cyprus Peace Operation.”

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when a Greek Cypriot coup was followed by violence against the island's Turks and Ankara's intervention as a guarantor power.

The latest attempt to reunify the long-divided Mediterranean island ended in failure in 2017 after two years of negotiations.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/turkish-vice-president-marks-anniversary-of-cyprus-op/1209346

TURKEY: ARMY MARKS 44TH ANNIVERSARY OF CYPRUS PEACE OP
التاريخ : 20.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original text

Turkish Armed Forces on Friday marked the 44th anniversary of Turkey’s military operation conducted to protect northern Cyprus’s Turkish population.

Friday marks July 20 Peace and Freedom Day in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which commemorates Turkey’s ‘Cyprus Peace Operation’ -- a huge military intervention to protect Turkish Cypriots from inter-communal violence which struck the island in 1974.

In a Twitter post, the military wrote: “We commemorate our martyrs and veterans with mercy and gratitude on the 44th anniversary of Cyprus’s Happy Peace Operation.”

It also released a video showing the operation conducted 44 years ago.

Turkey's Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu took to Twitter to commemorate the martyrs.

"On the 44th anniversary of Cyprus Peace Operation, we remember our martyrs with respect and express gratitude to our veterans. We will always stand with the Turkish Cypriots," he wrote.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when a Greek Cypriot coup was followed by violence against the island's Turks and Ankara's intervention as a guarantor power.

The latest attempt to reunify the long-divided Mediterranean island ended in failure in 2017 after two years of negotiations.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/todays-headlines/turkey-army-marks-44th-anniversary-of-cyprus-peace-op/1209099

TURKISH VICE PRESIDENT BLASTS NEW ISRAELI LAW
التاريخ : 20.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey’s vice president on Thursday slammed Israel's new "Jewish nation-state" law.

Fuat Oktay wrote on Twitter that Israel’s parliament, which ignores fundamental rights and freedoms, with the new law has harmed principles of universal law.

"Such legislation is unacceptable for the Turkish Republic. Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine and will continue to be its capital," Oktay stressed, referring to the section of the law saying that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.

Israel's Knesset on Thursday passed a law which declares the country to be “the nation-state of the Jewish people.”

The law was approved 62-55 in a tumultuous Knesset session in which Arab lawmakers slammed what they called “Israeli racism against the Arab minority.”

According to Israeli daily Haaretz, the law “officially defines Israel as the ‘national homeland of the Jewish people’.”

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/turkish-vice-president-blasts-new-israeli-law/1208956

TURKEY CONDEMNS BOMB ATTACKS ON IRAQI TURKMEN
التاريخ : 19.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey has condemned Wednesday bomb attacks on ethnic Turkmen in Kirkuk, northern Iraq in which 10 people were injured.

"We condemn the bomb attacks on Turkmen-populated neighborhoods of Kirkuk, including a children’s hospital. We wish a quick recovery to the many wounded Turkmens," said Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy on Thursday.

"We stress our utmost sensitivity to the safety and security of our Turkmen brethren, who constitute a safeguard for Iraq's territorial integrity," he added.

"The government of Iraq should take necessary security measures and foil internal and external groups aiming to destabilize Iraq by creating a new fait accompli in Kirkuk."

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turkey-condemns-bomb-attacks-on-iraqi-turkmen/1208892

TURKEY: PRESIDENTIAL AIDE CONDEMNS ‘JEWISH STATE’ LAW
التاريخ : 19.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

A top Turkish presidential aide on Thursday "strongly condemned" a new law proclaiming Israel a "Jewish nation-state."

“It is certainly not possible to accept this racist step that shows its effort to legally erase the Palestinian people from their homeland,” presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told Anadolu Agency.

“We call on the international community to react against this injustice that happened before the eyes of the whole world,” he added.

His remarks came after Israel's Knesset passed a law on Thursday which declares the country to be “the nation-state of the Jewish people”.

Kalin also rejected "the efforts of the Israeli government to form an apartheid state."

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/todays-headlines/turkey-presidential-aide-condemns-jewish-state-law/1208758

TURKEY SLAMS ISRAEL’S JEWISH NATION-STATE LAW
التاريخ : 19.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey on Thursday slammed a new Jewish nation-state law passed by Israel's Knesset, saying it "disregards" norms of universal law. 



In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said: “The Jewish nation-state law passed by the Israeli parliament today disregards norms of universal law and ignores the rights of Palestinians.”



The statement came after Israel's Knesset on Thursday passed a law which declares the country to be “the nation-state of the Jewish people”.

The ministry also condemned the law -- describing the right to self-determination in Israel as only belonging to Jewish people -- as “antiquated” and “discriminatory.”

The statement called on the international community to take a stand against the law, meant to end the vision of a two-state solution.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/todays-headlines/turkey-slams-israels-jewish-nation-state-law/1208662

TURKEY WARNS OF POSSIBLE ESCALATION IN SYRIA’S IDLIB
التاريخ : 19.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original text

Turkey on Thursday condemned the Bashar al-Assad regime's attacks in southwestern Daraa and Quneitra.

In a news conference, Turkish Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Hami Aksoy recalled the civilian deaths in Daraa and Quneitra and said: "We strongly condemn and damn these attacks. These attacks sabotage the Astana and Geneva efforts on reducing violence and finding political solution to the crisis."

"We do not want the scenario experienced in Eastern Ghouta, Northern Homs and now in southwestern Syria to be also experienced in Idlib," he added.

Aksoy also recalled President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's phone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on July 14, saying if the regime advances toward Idlib, Astana agreement would dissipate.

He stressed that the regime tries to find solution to crisis via military means and said such ways would not lead to "legitimate ruling."

Syria has only just begun to emerge from a devastating conflict that began in 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on demonstrators with unexpected ferocity.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/turkey-warns-of-possible-escalation-in-syrias-idlib/1208381

TURKEY LOOKS TO BUILD STRONGER BRANDS IN JAPAN
التاريخ : 19.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkish exporters are looking to strengthen their brand perception in Japan, said the acting chairman of the Mediterranean Exporters' Association.

"Our aim is to be chosen for our quality, not for our cheap price. So we want to strengthen the image of Turkish goods," Ali Can Yamanyilmaz told Anadolu Agency during the weekend Turkish Food Festival held in the Japanese capital Tokyo.

Yamanyilmaz said tough markets such as Japan are an important opportunity for Turkish food brands to improve themselves.

"The packaging and presentation of products is as important as the product itself in Japanese markets, which have tight controls and standards," he said.

Stating that no country consumes more rice than Japan, Yamanyilmaz added: "Turkish bulgur may replace rice in Japan."

Yamanyilmaz noted that among Turkey’s most-exported food products to Japan are fishery and aquaculture products, cereals, fresh fruits and vegetables, olive oil, juice, and sugar products.

Underlining that foreign trade between the two countries is not balanced, he stated that the ratio of Turkey's exports to imports from Japan should be increased to 25 percent from its current figure of around 10 percent.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/turkey-looks-to-build-stronger-brands-in-japan/1207415

TURKEY LIFTS TWO-YEAR-OLD STATE OF EMERGENCY
التاريخ : 19.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey lifted its two-year-old state of emergency as of Thursday 1 a.m. local time (2200 GMT Wednesday).

The government declared a state of emergency for the first time on July 20, 2016 following a deadly coup attempt orchestrated by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

To enact a state of emergency, the government must foresee serious indications of widespread violence which may interfere with the democratic environment or basic constitutional rights and freedoms of its citizens.

In April, the government renewed the state of emergency for the seventh time.

Ankara accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turkey-lifts-two-year-old-state-of-emergency/1208011

TURKEY: NO MORE DEBT POSTPONEMENT FOR TAXPAYERS
التاريخ : 17.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

There will be no more debt restructuring or postponement for taxpayers, Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said on Tuesday.

Within the scope of the mid-term projection assessment, Albayrak said that an effective control of budget expenditures, the rise of efficiency and a compliance with targets required that no concessions be made, especially when it came to budgetary discipline.

He also emphasized that the applications for debt restructuring would end on July 31.

"I would like to indicate that this is the last opportunity for our taxpayers to benefit from this," Albayrak added.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/economy/turkey-no-more-debt-postponement-for-taxpayers/1206841

‘IT IS TIME FOR TURKEY TO LEAP FORWARD’
التاريخ : 17.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey's Industry and Technology Ministry will support research and development (R&D) and investments, the minister said.

Turkey will also implement policies to reduce the country's current deficit, said Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank.

"It is time for Turkey to leap forward, and it can come true through an economy that produces technology, uses this technology in its industry and makes the digital transformation in the industry," Mustafa Varank stressed in a press release issued by the ministry on Tuesday.

He added that uncertainty was to disappear following the June 24 elections, which would pave the way for investments in the short term, he noted.

"The presidential system will allow to make quick decisions and effective coordination [...]," said Varank.

Turkey's industrial production continued to rise and climbed above expectations in May, he stated.

The country's industrial production surged 6.4 percent in May from a year ago, the Turkish Statistical Institute said on Tuesday.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/todays-headlines/it-is-time-for-turkey-to-leap-forward/1206584

TURKEY CONDEMNS TERROR ATTACKS IN AFGHANISTAN
التاريخ : 16.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey on Monday "strongly" condemned the terrorist attacks that took place in Afghan capital Kabul.

"We learned with great sorrow that terrorist attacks that took place yesterday and today in Kabul resulted in many loss of lives and injuries," said the Foreign Ministry in a statement.

The ministry statement said: "We strongly condemn these heinous terrorist attacks targeting peace in Afghanistan. We wish Allah’s mercy upon those who lost their lives, speedy recovery to the wounded, and convey our condolences to the friendly government and the brotherly people of Afghanistan."

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/turkey-condemns-terror-attacks-in-afghanistan/1205850

TURKEY, US SEE MANBIJ DEAL ‘SIGNIFICANT’ FOR SYRIA
التاريخ : 16.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the U.S.-Turkey deal on Syria’s northeastern Manbij city with his American counterpart Donald Trump over the phone, Turkey's presidential press office said on Monday.

Erdogan and Trump stressed that the common roadmap in Manbij will make a “significant” contribution for resolution of the crisis in Syria, the office said.

The deal was reached between Ankara and Washington in early June, which focused on the withdrawal of the YPG terror group from the city in order to stabilize the region.

The PYD/YPG is the Syrian branch of the PKK terror group, which has waged a campaign against Turkey for over a decade resulting in the death of 40,000 people, including women and children.

The two presidents also discussed the importance of strengthening relations, latest developments in Syria, as well as following up on issues discussed at the NATO summit.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/turkey-us-see-manbij-deal-significant-for-syria/1205765

OVER 100 FETO MEMBERS BROUGHT BACK TO TURKEY: CAVUSOGLU
التاريخ : 16.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

More than 100 members of Fetullah Terrorist Organization, the group behind the July 15, 2016 defeated coup, have been brought back to Turkey, the country’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

"We have been watching these traitors for two years and have brought the leading figures of FETO to our country. Some of these were covered by press while some others weren't at the request of some countries. I could frankly say that more than 100 of FETO affiliates have been brought to Turkey," Cavusoglu said in an interview with the CNN Turk on Sunday evening.

On Sunday, Turkey marked the second anniversary of the defeated coup, orchestrated by the FETO, that left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 others injured.

Cavusoglu said that the coup attempt would never be forgotten and the traitors would pay for what they did no matter where they are.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/over-100-feto-members-brought-back-to-turkey-cavusoglu/1205603

“END OF EMERGENCY RULE NOT TO DETER ANTI-TERROR FIGHT”
التاريخ : 16.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey's state of emergency enforced in the wake of the defeated 2016 coup attempt will be lifted in a few days, but the struggle against terrorism will continue, Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul said on Monday.

Speaking at the International Struggle Against Coup and 15 July Symposium, Gul said: "The state of emergency will end, but the most persistent and most determined fight against all kinds of terrorism, especially the Fetullah Terrorist Organisation [FETO], will continue till the end."

Gul thanked all those who are making efforts for the cause of democracy in the country.

The symposium was jointly organized by Turkey Legal Platform, International Lawyers Union, Association of Constitutional Lawyers, Justice Academy of Turkey and Istanbul University.

Turkey declared a state of emergency for the first time on July 20, 2016 following the deadly coup attempt orchestrated by the FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/todays-headlines/end-of-emergency-rule-not-to-deter-anti-terror-fight/1205507

REPORTS OF PYD/YPG WITHDRAWAL FROM MANBIJ DISMISSED
التاريخ : 16.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

A Turkish Foreign Ministry official on Monday dismissed a news report claiming complete withdrawal of PYD/YPG terrorist organization from Syria’s northeastern Manbij city.

“We find it exaggerated the news claiming PYD/YPG has fully withdrawn from Manbij,” said the official, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

The official said the process is ongoing, referring to patrols conducted in the region by Turkish and the U.S. troops separately, which started on June 18.

A deal was reached between Ankara and Washington in early June, which focused on the withdrawal of the YPG terror group from the city in order to stabilize the region.

The PYD/YPG is the Syrian branch of the PKK terror group, which has waged a campaign against Turkey for over a decade resulting in the death of 40,000 people, including women and children.

“Withdrawal from the control zones on the patrol route is ongoing,” the Foreign Ministry official said, adding that the preparations for joint patrol continued.

“So, the news saying that the PYD/YPG has fully withdrawn from the region doesn’t reflect the truth,” the official added.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/reports-of-pyd-ypg-withdrawal-from-manbij-dismissed/1205454

WHAT HAPPENED ON JULY 15, 2016?
التاريخ : 16.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

July 15 marks the second anniversary of the defeated coup during which the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) -- a clandestine group organized under the guise of education which infiltrated state offices, especially the military, judiciary, civil service, and treasury, and which tried to take over the government -- attempted a coup in 2016.

The night of July 15, 2016, the coup attempt saw tanks closing down a bridge in Istanbul that connects Asia to Europe, and fighter jets and helicopters flying down over Istanbul and Ankara and bombing the presidential complex, parliament building, police and intelligence headquarters, while civilians came out to resist the coup.

Then-Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar was taken hostage by the putschists, as he said he would not support the coup bid.

During the defeated coup, a total of 251 people including police and civilians were martyred, and nearly 2,200 were wounded.

The coup attempt, orchestrated by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), led by the U.S.-based so-called “cleric” Fetullah Gulen, aimed at ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the government and capturing the state.

In a television appearance at 11.02 p.m., then-Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said it was a revolt and they were evaluating the possibility of a coup attempt. He added: “Those who are involved in this unlawful act will pay the heaviest price."

Speaking to CNN Turk at 12.24 a.m., President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said: “This incident, unfortunately, is the coup attempt of a minority within the Turkish Armed Forces. This is a revolt encouraged and used by the parallel structure (FETO) as its mastermind."

The president called on the Turkish people to take to the streets in order to stop the coup-plotters.

In response, people poured into the squares to protect democracy all around Turkey, especially in the capital Ankara and Istanbul, climbed on tanks, stood against guns, and defeated the heinous coup attempt.

In the legal process in the years since, in 194 cases concluded out of 289, a total of 2,381 people convicted of involvement in FETO have gotten jail terms, including 1,624 life sentences.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/todays-headlines/what-happened-on-july-15-2016/1204733

TURKISH PRESIDENT MARKS 2ND ANNIVERSARY OF COUP ATTEMPT
التاريخ : 15.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

The Turkish nation has closed the chapter of coups, never to be reopened again, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on the second anniversary of the coup attempt on Sunday.  

Addressing a public rally held at July 15 Martyrs Bridge in Istanbul, Erdogan said: “Today, we feel deep sorrow and immense pride in our hearts at the same time.”   

Praising the Turkish nation’s courage and resistance that night, he said: “This victory is a result of the courage of our martyrs and veterans, who challenged tanks and planes.”  

Erdogan called the July 15 coup attempt as “a revival of Turkish nation”. 

“July 15 will never be forgotten," he said. 

“We will never forget those who prayed for us and those who helped FETO. 

“Murderers who shot our countrymen that night are getting the heaviest punishments," the president added.  

Meanwhile, Anadolu Agency aired live images from a FETO camp in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. 

FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016 in Turkey, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

 

Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/todays-headlines/turkish-president-marks-2nd-anniversary-of-coup-attempt/1205185

DIRECTOR GENERAL AKARCA TELLS THE TRUTH ABOUT FETO TO OVER 120 JOURNALISTS FROM 37 COUNTRIES
التاريخ : 15.07.2018
المصدر : DGPI Website
المصدر المرئية : DGPI Website
طريقة الترجمة : Full Text

During the program organized in İstanbul within the framework of the July 15 Commemoration Events, Chief Advisor to the President and Director General of Press and Information Mehmet Akarca gave information to the international media about the failed coup attempt and FETÖ terrorist organization.

Delivering a speech to more than 120 journalists from the US, Germany, Albania, Azerbaijan Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Algeria, Ethiopia, Palestine, France, Gambia, Croatia, Iraq, Britain, Iran, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Japan, Qatar, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malaysia, Egypt, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Russia, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Uganda, Greece and Turkey, Mehmet Akarca stated that the Turkish nation learned FETÖ reality from all aspects in the last two years following the failed coup attempt and Directorate General of Press and Information exerted great efforts to enable the whole world to observe all these facts.

Akarca reminded that Directorate General of Press and Information (DGPI) hosted 340 journalists from the world to reveal the damage caused by FETÖ on the first anniversary of the coup attempt and recalled that DGPI brought together the witnesses, relatives of the martyrs, veterans, the Ministers, the administrators who experienced that night, and provided them the chance to express the realities.

Declaring that the putschists were taken to court and the first lawsuit was completed, Akarca noted he believed that these terrorists would be charged with the penalty they deserved.

Director General Akarca indicated that they organized a series of events on the second anniversary of the coup attempt, as the wounds began to heal, to highlight Turkish people’s belief in democracy and their determination to sacrifice their lives when it is required to defend democracy. Akarca said: “We now want to celebrate July 15 as the anniversary of the struggle through which Turkish people showed their belief in democracy fighting in the streets at the expense of their lives, where their faith defeated tanks and helicopters, bringing them to victory.”

Indicating that the First War of Independence had been won under the leadership of Veteran Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Akarca said: “Our people and democracy won a great victory under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during the Second War of Independence fought on July 15, 2016.”

Akarca also made statements to international press members regarding the elections of June 24 and he provided information about the new system, expressing that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan won 52.6 percent of the votes and was elected the Head of State. “Days ahead will pave the way for Turkey. Elections were very important to achieve swift and practical solutions and to ensure a thorough implementation of checks and balances. We are happy to have such a system. We will hopefully see that the change of system in Turkey will be very efficient,” said Akarca.

After his statements about FETO at the end of the meeting, Akarca was accompanied by journalists during his visit to the Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants that works in many fields ranging from education to healthcare and legal matters to psychological support. During their visit to the Association, press members had the chance to listen the concert of the band ‘Colours and Voices’ that is composed of Turkish and Syrian children.
 

TURKEY WON’T FORGET JULY 15 DEFEATED COUP, SAYS ERDOGAN
التاريخ : 15.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey will not forget the night of the defeated coup attempt of July 15, 2016, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday.  

“We will not let July 15 be forgotten, we will not forget it,” Erdogan said during a meeting at the presidential complex with the relatives of martyrs and veterans of people who helped beat back the coup.   

Today, Turkey marks the second anniversary of the defeated coup, committed by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.  

Erdogan said that much like the PKK and Daesh, FETO works to harm Turkey’s unity and future.  

The president also vowed to finish off every single cell of the FETO terror group. 

Continuing commemorative events, later on Sunday Erdogan will join a march on Istanbul's July 15 Martyrs' Bridge. He will also unveil the July 15 Martyrs' Museum, which is still under construction.  

At the presidential complex, Erdogan also announced that so far this year, the Turkish army has neutralized nearly 1,400 terrorists in operations in both Turkey and northern Iraq.  

Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply that the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured. 

Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/todays-headlines/turkey-wont-forget-july-15-defeated-coup-says-erdogan/1204739

TURKISH PARLIAMENT SPEAKER MARKS JULY 15
التاريخ : 15.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey’s parliament speaker said Sunday that their aim is to keep alive the spirit of national unity that flowered in the face of the defeated July 15, 2016 coup.

Speaking to reporters following his visit to the Karsiyaka Martyrs' Cemetery in Istanbul, Binali Yildirim said, citing Turkey’s current population: “Our aim is to keep the spirit of July 15 alive, make the brotherhood, unity and solidarity of 81 million everlasting.”

The Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016 in Turkey, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

Turkey marks the historic day as Democracy and National Unity Day with events to commemorate those who lost their lives beating back the putschists and to remember the bravery of the nation. 

“We commemorate with mercy and gratitude, our martyrs, who devotedly, willingly sacrificed their lives on July 15 in defense of our land,” Yildirim said.

He added that commemorative events will be held throughout the day by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, government ministers, and various institutions.

Erdogan will also take part in a march on Istanbul’s July 15 Martyrs' Bridge, where he will make an address.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/todays-headlines/turkish-parliament-speaker-marks-july-15/1204550

TURKEY COMMEMORATES MARTYRS OF COUP BID IN NEW VIDEO
التاريخ : 14.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

The presidential office on Saturday released a video commemorating martyrs of the 2016 coup bid.  

“With mercy and gratitude, you will be never forgotten” was released on social media a day before the second anniversary of the coup bid. 

The 1.31 minute-video, which includes the names and photos of some martyrs, shows the pain their families feel. 

Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/todays-headlines/turkey-commemorates-martyrs-of-coup-bid-in-new-video/1204204

ERDOGAN, PUTIN DISCUSS ENERGY PROJECTS OVER PHONE
التاريخ : 14.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Saturday discussed two energy cooperation projects in a phone call, according to Turkish presidential sources.

They discussed TurkStream, a gas pipeline under construction from Russia to Turkey, and Akkuyu nuclear power plant, located in Turkey's southern Mersin province.

The first line of the TurkStream, which will send around 15.75 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Russia to Turkey was completed in April.

The second line with the same capacity as the first line will send gas to Europe through Turkey.

The Akkuyu nuclear power plant will boast four reactors, each with a capacity of 1,200 megawatts, and will be built by the Russian state nuclear energy agency Rosatom.

Putin and Erdogan expressed their satisfaction on energy cooperation between the two countries, said the sources who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media. 

They also discussed bilateral relations and regional issues, and shared their views on the latest developments in Syria.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/todays-headlines/erdogan-putin-discuss-energy-projects-over-phone/1204197

TURKEY CONDEMNS DEADLY TERROR ATTACK IN SOMALIA
التاريخ : 14.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey condemned Saturday's deadly terror attack that killed at least three people in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu. 

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said: “We strongly condemn the terrorist attacks that have taken place today in the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu...”

"The timing of the terror attacks -- prior to the Somalia Partnership Forum to be held on July 16-17 in Brussels, where recent reforms in the country will be evaluated -- aims at undermining the efforts of the Somalia Federal Government and the international community in bringing stability to Somalia,” it added.

Turkey will continue “extending its full support to brotherly Somalia, as it has done up until now, in order to attain an environment of peace, tranquility and development in the country,” the Foreign Ministry said. 

At least three people were killed -- including two al-Shabaab attackers -- and several others wounded when a double car bomb blast rocked Mogadishu.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/africa/turkey-condemns-deadly-terror-attack-in-somalia/1204174

TURKEY ISSUES TRAVEL WARNING FOR IRAQ AMID PROTESTS
التاريخ : 14.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey issued a travel warning for Iraq on Saturday as the country was hit by protests over unemployment and lack of basic services. 

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry advised Turkish citizens to stay away from protests in Iraqi cities of Basra, Maysan, Dhi Qar, Najaf, Karbala, and Baghdad. 

Turkish citizens should follow warnings and announcements by Turkey’s Embassy in Baghdad as well as the ministry. 

Tension has been building on in Basra over rising unemployment and repeated power outages, with protests spreading to several other provinces, including the capital Baghdad. 

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/turkey-issues-travel-warning-for-iraq-amid-protests-/1203976

TURKEY CONDEMNS ELECTION RALLY BOMBING IN PAKISTAN
التاريخ : 14.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey on Saturday condemned Friday's bombing targeting an election rally in southwest Pakistan.

“We condemn in strongest terms the attacks on Pakistan's democracy and stability,” Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told Anadolu Agency.

At least 128 people were killed and hundreds injured when a suspected suicide bomber detonated himself in an election rally in the remote Mastung district of Balochistan province.

“The Republic of Turkey, with its state and nation, stands together with its Pakistani brothers and sisters, as it has always done,” Kalin added.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turkey-condemns-election-rally-bombing-in-pakistan/1203956

JULY 15 GREATEST BETRAYAL, SAYS TURKEY’S RELIGIOUS HEAD
التاريخ : 14.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

July 15 is the anniversary of the greatest betrayal the Turkish nation has ever seen, said Turkey’s top cleric on Saturday.

Marking the second anniversary of the July 15, 2016 deadly coup attempt -- which was orchestrated by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and left 251 people martyred while injuring 2,200 others -- Ali Erbas, the head of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate, said:

“A terror network which abused our people’s pure religious feelings launched an attempt against our land, unity, solidarity, brotherhood, independence and future, claiming that this was based on religion.”

He said today it is crystal clear that FETO is a foreign-based terrorist group which tries to hide its sordid plans and dark side behind religion.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/july-15-greatest-betrayal-says-turkeys-religious-head/1203939

2 YEARS AFTER DEFEATED COUP, TURKEY ‘STRONGER’: ERDOGAN AIDE
التاريخ : 14.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

As Turkey marks the second anniversary of the July 15, 2016 defeated coup, now under a brand new system of government, the country has only grown stronger, Turkey’s presidential spokesman said on Saturday. 

Writing for Istanbul-based Daily Sabah, Ibrahim Kalin said: “Two years after the heinous attack on the night of July 15, Turkey remains stronger, more resilient and more effective with the new [presidential] system of government,” ushered in with Turkey's recent presidential election.

FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated 2016 coup, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/todays-headlines/2-years-after-defeated-coup-turkey-stronger-erdogan-aide/1203720

ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE COUP ATTEMPT, TURKEY SHOWS RESILIENCE
التاريخ : 14.07.2018
المصدر : Daily Sabah
الكاتب : İbrahim Kalın
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

This weekend marks the two-year anniversary of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt in Turkey. Orchestrated by Fetullah Gülen and his terrorist group, officially known as Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), this assault claimed 250 lives and was survived by more than 2,000 people with injuries.

Over the course of several hours, a number of Turkey's strategically important institutions, including the presidential complex, the Parliament, and police and intelligence headquarters, came under attack by what appeared to be an occupying force.In the aftermath of our victory against the enemies of democracy, ensuring that the same tragedy would never happen again, proved to be a challenging yet crucial task. In this sense, the past two years have been a trial by fire for our country.

On that fateful night, millions of Turks made history by risking their own lives for the well-being of the entire nation. Together, as free citizens from diverse ethnic, political and cultural backgrounds, we pulled through and defeated the coup plotters. It was a proud day that future generations will remember as a historic moment.Turkey was able to absorb the shock of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt thanks to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's strong leadership, the Turkish people's firm commitment to democracy and the strength of our country's institutions. Shortly after the failed coup, the country declared a state of emergency in order to get to the bottom of what happened and prevent future attacks against Turkish democracy. After two years, the state of emergency will be lifted next week, as promised by President Erdoğan ahead of the June 24 elections, in which he clinched re-election with 52.6 percent of the votes.If the July 15 coup attempt took place in a country with weaker institutions and lesser democratic culture, their economy would have collapsed immediately. The political process would be derailed and social peace would be at risk. In this regard, everything that happened between that murderous assault on Turkish democracy and today must be analyzed carefully, as it attests to Turkey's resilience as a country.

https://www.dailysabah.com/columns/ibrahim-kalin/2018/07/14/on-the-anniversary-of-the-coup-attempt-turkey-shows-resilience

TURKEY TO MARK 2ND ANNIVERSARY OF 2016 DEFEATED COUP
التاريخ : 13.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will attend a ceremony at Istanbul's iconic bridge to mark the second anniversary of the July 15, 2016 defeated coup in Turkey, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

Erdogan will first attend a commemoration ceremony to be held in Ankara as part of July 15 Democracy and National Unity Day.

The Turkish president will later visit Istanbul's July 15 Martyrs' Bridge and the nearby Monument of Martyrs unveiled by Erdogan last year to honor those who lost their lives while resisting the putsch.

Erdogan will join a march on July 15 Martyrs' Bridge and make an address. He will unveil the July 15 Martyrs' Museum which is still under construction.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turkey-to-mark-2nd-anniversary-of-2016-defeated-coup/1203425

TURKEY-US WORKING GROUP MEETS IN ANKARA
التاريخ : 13.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

The Turkey-U.S. Joint Working Group met on Friday in Ankara to discuss "judicial and legal issues" according to a Foreign Ministry statement.

"Turkish and American officials from all relevant ministries and departments came together and held substantial discussions on judicial and legal matters important to both sides," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said.

The ministry said progress was expected on issues discussed during the joint working group meeting.

Following a visit by former U.S. Secretary of State RexTillerson to Ankara in February, Turkey and the U.S. established a mechanism to address separate issues in working groups, including the stabilization of Manbij, a northern Syrian city, and to prevent undesirable clashes.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turkey-us-working-group-meets-in-ankara/1203417

TURKEY’S STATE OF EMERGENCY EXPECTED TO END ON JULY 18
التاريخ : 13.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey's state of emergency imposed in the wake of the defeated 2016 coup attempt is expected to be lifted on July 18, a top Turkish presidential aide said on Friday.

"If we are faced with a very extraordinary threat, the state of emergency mechanism can be declared again," Ibrahim Kalin told reporters after the country's first Cabinet meeting under the new presidential system.

Turkey declared a state of emergency for the first time on July 20, 2016 following the deadly coup attempt orchestrated by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

In April, the government renewed the ongoing state of emergency for the seventh time.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/turkeys-state-of-emergency-expected-to-end-on-july-18/1203332

“WE RECOGNIZE NO EARTHLY POWER ABOVE NATIONAL WILL”
التاريخ : 13.07.2018
المصدر : Turkish Presidency Website
المصدر المرئية : Turkish Presidency Website
التفاصيل : Official Translation

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan delivered a speech at the inaugural meeting of the 1st Presidential Cabinet at the old Parliament Building.

“We are holding the first meeting of the first cabinet under the new system of government at the old Parliament Building just like it was done 98 years ago,” President Erdoğan said.

“We recognize no earthly power above national will just like our ancestors did 98 years ago,” President Erdoğan underscored. “I remember with respect and grace our commander-in-chief during the War of Independence, the first speaker of our first assembly, the first president of our state, the founder of our Republic, Ghazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, all our deputies, commanders, soldiers and all our heroes, who contributed to gaining our independence.”

“After a thousand years, we defend with the same resolve and determination the Anatolian lands, which we entered thanks to our martyrs and veterans. We continue to work and toil, risk our neck when necessary in order to not let anyone violate our honor, lower our flag, silence our adhan, and to uphold what our ancestors entrusted us with,” President Erdoğan said.

“WE ARE DETERMINED TO BOOST OUR PEOPLE’S PROSPERITY”

“We have made Turkey grow 3.5 times as big. We are determined to ensure our state lives forever and to boost our people’s prosperity and well-being by making Turkey further grow two times as big in the new era,” President Erdoğan underlined.

“We have embarked on our journey with our people. We, once again with our nation, have overcome many obstacles on our path,” President Erdoğan recalled. “Our cause is our people’s cause. Our trouble is our people’s trouble. Our fight is our people’s fight. Our wrath is our people’s wrath. We have our people by our side.”

https://www.tccb.gov.tr/en/news/542/94868/-we-recognize-no-earthly-power-above-national-will-

ERDOGAN HONORS YILDIRIM WITH ORDER OF MERIT
التاريخ : 13.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan honored former Premier and current parliament speaker Binali Yildirim with Order of Merit for his outstanding service to country.

In a ceremony held at Presidential Complex on Friday, Erdogan presented Yildirim the highest order.

"Thanks to our government's strong stance, terrorist PKK is suffocating, terror group FETO is at the end of its rope," Erdogan said during his speech.

Parliament Speaker Binali Yildirim also presented Prime Ministry's seal to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

With the introduction of the new executive presidency system in Turkey after the June 24 elections, Yildirim became the last prime minister of the country.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/erdogan-honors-yildirim-with-order-of-merit/1202875

NATO LEADERS EMBRACE REALITY, WELCOME ERDOĞAN
التاريخ : 13.07.2018
المصدر : Daily Sabah
الكاتب : İlnur Çevik
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made his international debut at NATO as the leader of Turkey's new presidential system on Wednesday. The alliance leaders gave Erdoğan a very warm welcome and promised added momentum in the fight against terrorism in the south, with special emphasis on Turkey.

Flanked by Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu and the new Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, the former chief of staff of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), Erdoğan was the center of attention.

Scenes of President Donald Trump embracing Erdoğan, Erdoğan having warm discussions with French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Teresa May as well as other leaders hit the international media, demonstrating that Western leaders have realized that the democratically elected Turkish leader has massive popular support and is here to stay.

It is clear that the climate in Europe against the Erdoğan administration has started to change in a positive way. So far, so good.

That was reflected in the NATO summit communique, which put special emphasis on Turkey's security concerns and the ongoing threat of terrorism, especially on its southern borders.

https://www.dailysabah.com/columns/ilnur-cevik/2018/07/13/nato-leaders-embrace-reality-welcome-erdogan

TURKEY: BINALI YILDIRIM ELECTED PARLIAMENT SPEAKER
التاريخ : 12.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkish parliament on Thursday elected former Prime Minister and Justice and Development (AK) Party's lawmaker Binali Yildirim as its new speaker.

Turkey's last Prime Minister Yildirim, a lawmaker from western Izmir province, received 335 votes in the third round of voting by the Grand National Assembly of 600 seats.

In the third round, a minimum of 301 votes was needed.

The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) supported Yildirim in the election.

Speaking to lawmakers after the election, Yildirim thanked AK Party's and MHP's parliamentary groups for their support.

"I want it to be known that I would be the speaker of lawmakers who gave me or did not give me vote," Yildirim said.

Republican People's Party (CHP) candidate Erdogan Toprak got 135 votes, while People's Democratic Party (HDP) candidate Meral Danis Bestas bagged 63 votes.

Good (IYI) Party's candidate Hayrettin Nuhoglu received 40 votes and Felicity (Saadet) Party candidate Cihangir Islamoglu got 5 votes. Six votes were ruled invalid.

The AK Party holds 290 seats in parliament, while the Republican People’s Party (CHP) has 144 seats, HDP 67 seats, the MHP 49, IYI Party 42, Saadet Party 2, Democrat Party (DP) 1, and Grand Unity Party (BBP) 1.

Yildirim, 60, was born in Refahiye, in the eastern Erzincan province.

Yildirim earned a bachelor’s degree at the Istanbul Technical University's School of Maritime and in 1991 graduated with a Master of Science from Sweden’s World Maritime University.

Under then-Istanbul Mayor Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Yildrim served as director general of the Istanbul Fast Ferries Company (IDO) in 1994-2000.

Yildirim won his first seat in the Turkish parliament as a deputy for Istanbul in the fall 2002 general elections, which swept the AK Party into power, and served as minister of transport and communications through 2007.

In the 2007 general elections, he was elected an AK Party deputy from the eastern Erzincan province and continued his tenure as transport and communications minister.

After being elected as a deputy from the Mediterranean province of Izmir in the 2011 general elections, Yildirim became minister of transport, maritime, and communications.

In 2014 he ran for mayor of the Izmir Greater Municipality but came in second, with 36% percent of the vote.

On Nov. 24, 2015, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu reappointed him minister of transport, maritime, and communications. 

During Yildirim’s tenure as transport minister, Turkey constructed high-speed rail lines between the capital Ankara and the central Anatolian cities of Eskisehir and Konya.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/turkey-binali-yildirim-elected-parliament-speaker/1202311

ERDOGAN MEETS LEADERS ON SIDELINES OF NATO SUMMIT
التاريخ : 12.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday continued to hold talks with heads of state and government on the second and final day of the NATO summit in Brussels. 

Erdogan held bilateral talks with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Bulgarian President Rumen Radev on the sidelines of the NATO summit in closed-door meetings. 

He also spoke to French President Emmanuel Macron during a 75-minute meeting. National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin also attended the meeting. 

The Turkish leader also held trilateral talks with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev and the Bosniak member of the tripartite Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bakir Izetbegovic.

Earlier, as part of the NATO summit, Erdogan attended the third session of NATO heads of state and government as well as one on on Afghanistan. 

The two-day NATO summit started with the attendance of 29 NATO heads of state and government to make important decisions on the future of the alliance.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/erdogan-meets-leaders-on-sidelines-of-nato-summit/1202386

TURKEY TO EXPAND CENTRAL BANK’S OPERATIONAL RANGE
التاريخ : 12.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

The operational range of the Turkish Central Bank will be expanded through strengthening policy synchronization and unclogging congestion in structural canals in price stability and by combatting inflation, the nation's treasury and finance minister said on Thursday.

"A central bank more effective than ever will be among our policy's main targets in the new era," Berat Albayrak told Anadolu Agency.

Albayrak underlined that it is improper to speculate on the bank's independence and decision-making mechanisms.

"In the new era we will support the Central Bank carrying out a more predictable, straightforward, and decisive monetary policy," said Albayrak.

He said the amount and variety of foreign resources will be boosted while the ministry cooperates with international financial actors and stakeholders.

"Our policies will be determined within the scope of a sustainable and consistent growth target by prioritizing budget discipline, structural reforms, and single-digit inflation," Albayrak said.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/economy/turkey-to-expand-central-banks-operational-range/1202000

TURKEY EXPECTS GREECE TO REGISTER TURKISH MINORITY NGOS
التاريخ : 11.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey called on Greece to register the NGOs of the Turkish Minority of Western Thrace without discrimination, referring to recent Greek court decision regarding the rejection of the application of Xanthi Turkish Union for its re-registration.

"We expect from Greece to register the NGOs of the Turkish Minority of Western Thrace without discrimination and make arrangements that will enable the application of ECHR rulings," Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hami Aksoy said in a written statement.

Aksoy said Xanthi Turkish Union, one of the prominent NGOs of the Turkish Minority of Western Thrace had been banned by the Greek authorities on the pretext that the word “Turkish” was in its name.

After this incident, as a result of the judicial initiatives of Xanthi Turkish Union, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that the right to association was violated and invited Greece to make necessary arrangements, Aksoy added.

"In this context, for the application of the decisions of the ECHR, the Greek Parliament adopted a legislation in 2017 that enabled the banned associations to apply for re-registration," Aksoy said.

However, the legislation included major exceptions for the acceptance of these applications, he added.

"As a matter of fact, the application of Xanthi Turkish Union for re-registration has been rejected by a regional court of appeals in Greece," Aksoy said.

He added that the decision of the court demonstrates that the legislation adopted by the Greek Parliament is not enough for the realisation of the right to association.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turkey-expects-greece-to-register-turkish-minority-ngos/1201448

ERDOGAN MEETS MERKEL ON SIDELINES OF NATO SUMMIT
التاريخ : 11.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday held talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of the two-day NATO summit in Brussels.

Before the closed-door meeting that lasted around 40 minutes, Merkel congratulated Erdogan over his June 24 presidential election victory.

Erdogan was accompanied by National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin.

The two-day NATO summit started with the attendance of 29 NATO heads of state and government to make important decisions on the future of the alliance.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/erdogan-meets-merkel-on-sidelines-of-nato-summit/1201322

TURKISH DELEGATION HONORS SREBRENICA GENOCIDE VICTIMS
التاريخ : 11.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey's Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul on Wednesday expressed solidarity with the victims of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide.

Marking the 23rd anniversary of the genocide, Gul, who was leading a delegation of deputies, took part in the funeral service for 35 newly identified victims of the genocide.

The memorial center -- just northwest of Srebrenica -- is the focal point of remembrance for friends and relatives of the more than 8,000 people, mostly men and boys, murdered by Bosnian Serb militias.

"Although 23 years have passed since the genocide, the wounds are still fresh. Those who committed the genocide, those who stayed silent and those who turned their backs 23 years ago are being judged by history and humanity," said Gul.

He said that they participated in the ceremony on behalf of Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan and Republic of Turkey to express solidarity with the relatives of the martyrs.

Hakan Cavusoglu, a lawmaker from Turkey’s ruling party, also expressed solidarity with the victims of the genocide.

"I guess the pain will never end. Srebrenica faced a great deal of cruelty, brutality and genocide," said Cavusoglu.

Cavusoglu said that there would not have been any genocide in Syria, Palestine and Myanmar if the world had not acted as a spectator on Srebrenica genocide.

After this year’s funeral the number of burials in the cemetery rose to 6,610.

Vesid Ibric, only 16 when he was killed, will be the youngest victim to be buried this year. Sahin Halilovic, the oldest, was 71.

Remzija Dudic, who was brutally murdered by Serbian troops despite being 6 months pregnant, will also be laid to rest.

- Failure of 'safe area'

More than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed after Bosnian Serb forces attacked the UN "safe area" of Srebrenica in July 1995, despite the presence of Dutch troops tasked with acting as international peacekeepers.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/turkish-delegation-honors-srebrenica-genocide-victims/1201259

TURKISH PRESIDENT ATTENDS NATO SUMMIT IN BRUSSELS
التاريخ : 11.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the opening ceremony of the NATO summit at its headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday.

The two-day NATO summit started with the attendance of 29 NATO heads of state and government to make important decisions on the future of the alliance.

NATO Secretary Gen. Jens Stoltenberg hosted an official welcome ceremony for the leaders in the Agora area at the entrance of NATO Headquarters.

After the ceremony, 29 NATO heads of state and government also visited an exhibition on the organization’s history and activities along with Stoltenberg.

The summit is set to review steps to adapt NATO to current security threats, as well as exchange views on threats to Euro-Atlantic security, the Turkish presidency said in a statement on Tuesday.

In a session held with the attendance of Georgia and Ukraine’s heads of state, improving relations between NATO and those countries will be discussed, it said.

Additionally, the matters pertaining to ongoing tension between the EU and the U.S., moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, Iran and climate agreements are expected to be discussed in the summit.

The alliance is also expected to affirm its support to Afghanistan.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/turkish-president-attends-nato-summit-in-brussels/1201177

TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL AIDE SLAMS GERMAN NSU SENTENCES
التاريخ : 11.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

A top Turkish presidential aide on Wednesday slammed a German court's sentences for the neo-Nazi NSU murders, calling them "far from satisfactory."

In a written statement, Ibrahim Kalin decried the killing of 10 people -- eight of them of Turkish origin -- via various bombing attacks and armed robberies by the neo-Nazi National Socialist Underground (NSU) terror group.

On neo-Nazi Beate Zschaepe getting life in prison while four other suspects got lighter sentences, Kalin said: "This verdict is far from satisfactory. Also, the families of the victims have been bedeviled by facing prejudices and baseless allegations since the initial phase of the case. This situation has also offended the Turkish community in Germany."

Until 2011, Germany’s police and intelligence services ruled out any racial motive for the murders and instead treated immigrant families as suspects, questioning them over alleged connections with mafia groups and drug traffickers.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/todays-headlines/turkish-presidential-aide-slams-german-nsu-sentences/1201140

TURKISH PRESIDENT HONORS VICTIMS OF SREBRENICA GENOCIDE
التاريخ : 11.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Marking the 23rd anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, Turkey’s president on Wednesday vowed joint efforts to prevent further crimes against humanity.

“I wish God’s mercy on our Bosnian brothers who were martyred in the Srebrenica Holocaust, which happened 23 years ago before Europe's eyes, and I saw as one of the most shameful incidents in history,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan wrote on his official Twitter account.

“We will struggle together to prevent such crimes against humanity from recurring,” he added.

Failure of 'safe area'

More than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed when Bosnian Serb forces attacked the UN "safe area" of Srebrenica in July 1995, despite the presence of Dutch troops tasked with acting as international peacekeepers.

Srebrenica was besieged by Serb forces who were trying to wrest territory from Bosnian Muslims and Croats to form their own state.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/todays-headlines/turkish-president-honors-victims-of-srebrenica-genocide/1201091

1ST S-400 DELIVERY TO TURKEY IN 2019: FOREIGN MINISTER
التاريخ : 11.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey’s foreign minister on Wednesday said Turkey will take first delivery of the Russian S-400 missile system by late 2019.

"The first batteries will be delivered towards the end of the next year,” Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Brussels, where he is attending a NATO meeting.

Cavusoglu said that besides the U.S., some other NATO member states have also questioned the purchase, but that this must end.

"We can understand the technical part. For example, it is normal for them to ask whether the S-400 recognizes NATO, NATO systems or allies as an enemy. We are also sensitive to this issue,” he said.

“We have already laid down our conditions in this regard while making the purchase,” he added.

Last December, Turkey announced it had concluded an agreement with Russia for the purchase of two S-400 systems by early 2020.

This April both parties agreed on early delivery of the systems.

The S-400 is Russia's most advanced long-range anti-aircraft missile system, with the ability to carry three types of missiles capable of destroying targets, including ballistic and cruise missiles.

In June, the U.S. Senate passed a bill prohibiting sales to Turkey of F-35 jets, citing the S-400 purchase as well as Turkey’s detention of U.S. citizens.

Cavusoglu also rebuffed claims that Turkey is turning away from NATO.

“If our NATO allies were to meet these needs of ours, we would take from them; we gave them priority,” he said.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/1st-s-400-delivery-to-turkey-in-2019-foreign-minister/1200932

TURKEY CRITICIZES GERMAN COURT’S NSU VERDICT
التاريخ : 11.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey on Wednesday said a German court's verdict on the neo-Nazi NSU murders had failed to reveal the full dimensions of the case, including "the affiliation of the deep state and intelligence."

"Unfortunately the verdict given today did not reveal the background of the NSU murders, and the full scope of dimensions in the affiliation between the deep state and intelligence went unrevealed, as the real criminals remain in the dark," said a Foreign Ministry statement.

"Thus, the verdict is unsatisfying in the interests of justice and lacking in relieving the public conscience," it added.

Munich's Higher Regional Court sentenced neo-Nazi Beate Zschaepe to life in prison over membership in the NSU terrorist group and complicity in the murders of 10 people and two bomb attacks.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/todays-headlines/turkey-criticizes-german-courts-nsu-verdict/1200910

TURKEY CONDEMNS SUICIDE BOMBING IN NORTHWEST PAKISTAN
التاريخ : 11.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey has condemned a suicide bomb attack in northwestern Pakistan at a political rally late Tuesday which killed at least 20 people.

"We learned with sorrow that a terrorist attack perpetrated at an election rally in Peshawar resulted in the loss of lives of many and left many others wounded," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement Wednesday morning.

"We condemn this heinous terrorist attack and wish Allah's mercy upon those who lost their lives, a speedy recovery to the wounded, and convey our condolences to the friendly government and brotherly people of Pakistan," the statement added.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/turkey-condemns-suicide-bombing-in-northwest-pakistan/1200739

TURKISH PRESIDENT ERDOGAN: CYPRUS IS OUR NATIONAL CAUSE
التاريخ : 10.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey will never condone Turkish Cypriots becoming victims of a stalemate, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday. 

In a joint press conference with Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Mustafa Akinci, on a visit to the TRNC, Erdogan said: “We will never allow the Turkish Cypriots to become minorities in a Greek Cypriot state.” 

“Cyprus is our national cause. Our goal is to find a just and lasting solution on Cyprus,” he added. 

Erdogan also said that Turkey aims to double the TRNC’s national income per capita by turning it into a center of attraction in the Eastern Mediterranean. 

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when a Greek Cypriot coup was followed by violence against the island's Turks, and Ankara's intervention as a guarantor power. 

Erdogan’s trip to TRNC is his second state visit since his inauguration Monday to a second term, under Turkey’s new presidential system of government, continuing the tradition of Turkey’s leaders first visiting Azerbaijan and the TRNC after taking office. 

Turkey officially switched to a new presidential system of government after Erdogan on Monday was sworn in as the Republic of Turkey's first president under its new government system. 

His June 24 re-election marked Turkey's transition to an executive presidential system of government, doing away with the prime minister's post, among other changes. 

Erdogan won an absolute majority in the presidential election with 52.5 percent of the vote, according to Turkey’s Supreme Election Council (YSK).

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/turkish-president-erdogan-cyprus-is-our-national-cause/1200418

TURKEY WANTS GOOD NEIGHBORLY TIES: DEFENSE MINISTER
التاريخ : 10.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey’s new National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar on Tuesday expressed his hope that Turkey continues its good relations with neighboring countries. 

After being sworn into his new office in parliament, Akar said: “We want to continue our lives in peace, prosperity, and security in friendly, harmonious relations with our neighbors.” 

He added: “We will continue our fight with ambition and determination to ensure that our nation’s rights and interests come to no harm.” 

He vowed to continue striving to ensure Turkey’s security, unity, integrity, sovereignty, and independence by mobilizing national and indigenous resources.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday unveiled Turkey's new 16-minister Cabinet in the capital Ankara. 

Akar was appointed Turkish Land Forces commander in 2013 and the military's chief of General Staff in August 2015.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/turkey-wants-good-neighborly-ties-defense-minister/1200180

TANAP PROJECT VITAL FOR TURKEY, AZERBAIJAN: ERDOGAN
التاريخ : 10.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

The Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) is a vital project for both Turkey and Azerbaijan, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a joint news conference with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku, Erdogan -- fresh off his inauguration as Turkey’s first executive president -- said: "TANAP is a vital project for both us and Azerbaijan”.

TANAP, which went live in June, is a natural gas pipeline stretching from the Turkish-Georgian border to the Turkish-Greek border to supply natural gas to both Turkey and also European countries.

The 1,850-kilometer pipeline is the largest section of the 3,500-kilometer Southern Gas Corridor, which was inaugurated on May 29 in Baku.

Erdogan said the project has great importance in terms of making a connection between Azerbaijan and Europe, besides the connection between Turkey and Azerbaijan.

“It also carries importance in that it is a strategic investment,” Erdogan said.

The president emphasized that Turkish-Azeri relations are strengthened on the basis of “one nation, two states,” referring to the Turkic roots of both.

Erdogan’s trip to Azerbaijan is his first state visit since Monday’s inauguration to a second term, under Turkey’s new presidential system of government, continuing the tradition of Turkey’s leaders first visiting Azerbaijan and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) after taking office.

Turkey officially switched to a new presidential system of government after Erdogan on Monday took the presidential oath of office to become the Republic of Turkey's first president under its new government system.

His re-election in the June 24 polls marked Turkey's transition to an executive presidential system of government, doing away with the prime minister's post, among other changes.

Erdogan won an absolute majority in the presidential election with 52.5 percent of the vote, according to Turkey’s Supreme Election Council (YSK).

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/economy/tanap-project-vital-for-turkey-azerbaijan-erdogan/1200116

TURKISH JUSTICE MINISTER VOWS TO ENSURE FAIRNESS, TRUST
التاريخ : 10.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul, who retained his portfolio in the new government, pledged on Tuesday to ensure a fair and trustworthy justice system.

With the newly adopted government system, Gul told Anadolu Agency that Turkey is to be stronger, liberal and is to have a peaceful future. 

Gul said: "As the government, we will establish a justice system ensuring trust, this is our fundamental approach."

He added that any malfunctions in the system will be eliminated through yet-to-be-established mechanisms.

Underscoring that the Justice Ministry will establish further legal order, freedom and justice, he said: "None of our citizens will be factionalized due to their ethnicity, where they were born, their beliefs or lifestyle." 

"Our people in Izmir's Kordon, in Diyarbakir's Sur or Samsun or Antalya will all experience this feeling. We are trying to create the feeling that Turkey has a just system," he added.

Gul further said that the new system of government would provide a more people-oriented approach.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday unveiled the new 16-minister Cabinet, the first ever under the new presidential system.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/turkish-justice-minister-vows-to-ensure-fairness-trust/1199722

TURKISH PRESIDENT ERDOGAN UNVEILS 16-MINISTER CABINET
التاريخ : 09.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has unveiled the new 16-minister Cabinet in the presidential complex in the capital Ankara, the first-ever Cabinet under the new presidential system made a reality on Monday.

Here are the members of the first Cabinet of Turkey's new presidential system of government: 

Justice Minister: Abdulhamit Gul

Labor, Social Services and Family Minister: Zehra Zumrut Selcuk

Environment and Urbanization Minister: Murat Kurum 

Foreign Minister: Mevlut Cavusoglu 

Energy and Natural Resources Minister: Fatih Donmez

Youth and Sports Minister: Mehmet Kasapoglu 

Treasury and Finance Minister: Berat Albayrak 

Interior Minister: Suleyman Soylu

Culture and Tourism Minister: Mehmet Ersoy

National Education Minister: Ziya Selcuk

National Defense Minister: Hulusi Akar

Health Minister: Fahrettin Koca

Industry and Technology Minister: Mustafa Varank

Agriculture and Forestry Minister: Bekir Pakdemirli

Trade Minister: Ruhsar Pekcan

Transport and Infrastructure Minister: Cahit Turan

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/todays-headlines/turkish-president-erdogan-unveils-16-minister-cabinet/1199348

PRESIDENT ERDOGAN HERALDS TURKEY’S ‘FRESH START’
التاريخ : 09.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey is making a fresh start after the country officially switched to a new presidential system of government, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in his inaugural address on Monday.

Speaking to a host of Turkish and foreign dignitaries at the presidential complex in the capital Ankara, Erdogan said: “With a presidential system of government, we are moving to a new system of government which is far beyond our almost 150-year-quest for democracy and what we have experienced through the history of our 95-year-old republic.”

He added that Turkey is leaving behind a system which cost the country politically, socially, and economically.

“We will try to be worthy of our nation with the awareness that we are the president not only of those who voted for us, but all 81 million” citizens of Turkey, Erdogan said.

Erdogan late Monday afternoon took the presidential oath of office to become the Republic of Turkey's first president under its new governmental system.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/president-erdogan-heralds-turkeys-fresh-start-/1199175

TURKISH PRESIDENT PAYS RESPECT TO NATION’S FOUNDER
التاريخ : 09.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday paid his respects to Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in capital Ankara.

Following his swearing-in ceremony at the parliament, Erdogan visited Anitkabir, Ataturk’s mausoleum, and penned down his comments in the memorial notebook.

He wrote: “Our nation, which has deemed me worthy as their first president, has also determined their lawmakers.

“As the 12th president [of the nation] and the first president of the presidential system, I once more vow to strengthen the unity and brotherhood of our nation, develop the country, and elevate the state.

“We are determined to meet the goals of our republic, which are entrusted to our future generations by Your Excellency and your comrades, on its 100th year of founding."

Erdogan took the presidential oath of office to become the Republic of Turkey's first president under its new governmental system.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/turkish-president-pays-respect-to-nations-founder/1198968

PRESIDENT ERDOGAN SWORN-IN, NEW ERA STARS IN TURKEY
المكان : Ankara
التاريخ : 9.7.2018
الجهاز الاعلامي : Anadolu Agency
التفاصيل : original text

Erdogan takes oath of office, becomes first president under new system of government. After President Erdogan's swearing-in, presidential system officially starts in Turkey. 

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/erdogan-becomes-first-president-under-new-system-of-government/1198808

TURKEY CONDEMNS MILITANT ATTACK IN WESTERN TUNISIA
التاريخ : 09.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey on Sunday condemned a militant attack in western Tunisia that killed at least six security personnel.

"We have learned with deep sorrow about the terrorist attack today in the governorate of Jendouba, Tunisia which resulted in the loss of 6 border guards," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"We condemn this heinous attack. We wish Allah’s mercy upon those who lost their lives and extend our condolences to the brotherly people and friendly Government of Tunisia," the statement added.

The ministry also said that Turkey will "continue to stand in solidarity with Tunisia in its fight against terrorism".

A patrol of the National Guard was ambushed in the northwestern Jendouba province near Algerian border on Sunday, according to Tunisia’s Interior Ministry.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/turkey-condemns-militant-attack-in-western-tunisia-/1198253

TURKEY EXTENDS CONDOLENCES TO JAPAN OVER DEADLY FLOODS
التاريخ : 08.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey's Foreign Minister on Sunday extended condolences to the families of the victims of the floods and landslides in Japan’s west.

"My heartfelt condolences to the Japanese government and the families of the victims of the floods in Hiroshima prefecture that killed at least 60 people. I wish speedy recovery to those injured," Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a Twitter message.

At least 60 people were dead and dozens of others missing after torrential rains caused flooding and landslides across central and western parts of Japan.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/turkey-extends-condolences-to-japan-over-deadly-floods/1198015

TURKEY CONDEMNS TWIN SUICIDE BLASTS IN SOMALIA CAPITAL
التاريخ : 07.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey on Saturday condemned the terrorist attack in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

At least nine people, including three al-Shabaab attackers, were killed when twin bomb blasts targeted the Interior Ministry building in Mogadishu on Saturday.

"We have learnt with great sorrow that many civilians lost their lives and were injured as a result of terrorist attacks perpetrated in Mogadishu," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"We condemn these heinous terrorist attacks aiming to undermine the security and stability of Somalia, wish God’s mercy upon those who lost their lives, convey our condolences to their families and wish speedy recovery to the wounded," the statement added.

The ministry also said that Turkey "will continue to stand by the Somali people and its Government in the fight against terrorism and in providing stability".

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/africa/turkey-condemns-twin-suicide-blasts-in-somalia-capital/1197616

TURKEY’S AK PARTY NAMES YILDIRIM AS PARLIAMENT SPEAKER
التاريخ : 07.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party on Saturday nominated Prime Minister Binali Yildirim as parliament speaker.

Naci Bostanci, the AK Party's parliamentary group chairman, and deputies have submitted Yildirim's nomination to the parliamentary speaker's office on Saturday afternoon.

Speaking to journalists in the capital Ankara, Yildirim said: "Hopefully it will be good to our state and nation. Some other candidates may emerge too. Whatever our parliament says, so be it."

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/todays-headlines/turkey-s-ak-party-names-yildirim-as-parliament-speaker/1197435

TURKEY TO RESTORE ATATURK’S BASE IN AFRIN
التاريخ : 07.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

The Ataturk base in Syria's Afrin region will be renovated and turned into a museum, southern Hatay province Governor Erdal Ata said on Saturday.

The base, which had been used by Turkish Republic’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk during World War 1 in Raju district of Syria’s Afrin, was discovered during Turkish forces’ security checks on July 2. It will now be restored and used as a museum in the future.

“Our governor's office will take action and renovate it. After restoration is complete, the building will serve as a history museum,” Ata told Anadolu Agency.

“Ghazi Mustafa Kemal used the mansion in 1918 during the Katme War. We took all the necessary steps and I hope it will be completed in a short period of time.

“We will search for pictures, goods and documents for the time being and they will be exhibited in the museum,” he said.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture-and-art/turkey-to-restore-ataturk-s-base-in-afrin-/1197333

ERDOGAN URGES ‘CORRECT EVALUATION’ OF TURKISH ELECTIONS
التاريخ : 07.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday told the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party's parliamentary group to correctly evaluate the "fine tuning" made by the Turkish nation during the June 24 elections.

Erdogan, who won the presidential race with 52.6 percent votes, said: "Our nation made AK Party the winner, but our party could not achieve its target.

"We should correctly evaluate the fine tuning made by the nation in the ballot boxes."

According to the official results announced by Supreme Election Council (YSK), AK Party received 42.56 percent votes (295 seats).

In the presidential vote, Erdogan received 26,330,823 votes.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/erdogan-urges-correct-evaluation-of-turkish-elections/1197305

NEW ISTANBUL AIRPORT TO BOOST TURKEY’S AVIATION SECTOR
التاريخ : 07.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

The new Istanbul airport is expected to boost Turkish aviation sector's growth by 27.5 percent in the next three years.

The number of passengers, including those on direct transit are expected to increase by 13 percent to reach around 219 million this year, compared with 193.6 million passengers last year, according to the General Directorate of State Airports Authority (DHMI) data.

The authority forecasts over 230 million air passengers next year and a rise of 27.5 percent, year-on-year, to reach nearly 250 million in 2020.

The largest increase will be seen in passengers on international flights -- around 29 percent -- to reach 107.7 million in 2020, compared with 83.5 million passengers last year.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/economy/new-istanbul-airport-to-boost-turkeys-aviation-sector/1197194

TURKEY TO CHAIR UNRWA ADVISORY COMMISSION FOR 1 YEAR
التاريخ : 06.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey took over the chairmanship of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) Advisory Commission for one year on July 1, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

“The Advisory Commission with its 27 members provides assistance and advice to the UNRWA Commissioner General,” said a statement by the ministry.

The statement added: “Established by the UN General Assembly with the aim of protecting Palestinian refugees and improving their living conditions, UNRWA currently provides education to more than 530,000 students in 700 schools, health services to 3.5 million patients, food and financial assistance to 1.7 million refugees every year, as well as infrastructure support in nearly 60 refugee camps.

“Turkey, in line with the importance it places on the Palestinian issue and which has been a member of UNRWA since its establishment in 1949, strives to support the Agency to the fullest extent.”

It also said that Turkey made significant increases to contributing to the agency when it was vice chair during the last year.

“In order for UNRWA to continue its services without disruptions in the face of its growing financial problems, Turkey, as the chair of the Advisory Commission, will continue its efforts to place the agency on a more predictable, sustainable and sufficient financial footing,” it said.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/turkey-to-chair-unrwa-advisory-commission-for-1-year/1196912

ANKARA HOSTS INT’L ROHINGYA CONSULTATIONS MEETING
التاريخ : 06.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey’s capital Ankara on Friday hosted an international consultation meeting on the Rohingya crisis with a focus on the challenges of improving living conditions for refugees.

Delivering an opening speech at the conference, Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Umit Yalcin said the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar's Rakhine state and Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar remains ongoing despite all the efforts that have been made.

Yalcin reiterated Turkey's gratitude to the Bangladeshi government for preventing a catastrophic humanitarian situation by opening its borders. However, he said all the efforts were still not enough.

Since Aug. 25, 2017, some 750,000 Rohingya, mostly children and women, have fled to bordering Bangladesh after Myanmar forces began a crackdown on the minority Muslim community, according to Amnesty International.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/ankara-hosts-intl-rohingya-consultations-meeting/1196565

ERDOGAN: PEOPLE’S ALLIANCE TO CONTINUE IN PARLIAMENT
التاريخ : 06.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey’s president said on Friday that the successful People’s Alliance from last month’s elections -- a coalition of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) -- will continue in the new parliament.

Speaking to AK Party provincial heads at party headquarters in Ankara, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: "We will continue the People’s Alliance in the parliament."

Erdogan thanked the Turkish people for the high turnout in the June 24 elections -- over 86 percent -- saying that this "frustrated" those who wanted to "drive Turkey into a corner."

New Cabinet to be announced Monday

Erdogan also said initial steps for the transition to Turkey's new presidential system have been completed, including changes related to the Cabinet ministers, and the re-defined management of some institutions and general directors.

"On Monday, the first presidential decree will be issued soon after the swearing-in ceremony, and the reorganized presidential Cabinet will be announced that same evening," he said.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/erdogan-peoples-alliance-to-continue-in-parliament/1196468

TURKEY, US AGREE ON CLEARING SYRIAN REGIONS OF PKK
التاريخ : 06.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey’s foreign minister on Friday said Turkey and the US agree that after the northern city of Manbij, other Syrian regions will be rid of PKK/YPG terrorists.

Speaking at Anadolu Agency’s Editors' Desk, Mevlut Cavusoglu said: “There is a clear consensus [with the U.S.] on our roadmap that we will move on to other areas after Manbij [has been cleared of PKK/YPG terrorists].

The roadmap was announced last month after a meeting in Washington between Cavusoglu and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The deal focuses on the withdrawal of the PKK-affiliated YPG terror group from Manbij and stability in the region.

Speaking on the Turkish army patrols in the northern Syrian city of Manbij, Cavusoglu said the YPG/PKK’s withdrawal from patrol areas in Manbij does not mean they have completely withdrawn.

On Wednesday, the Turkish military completed its ninth round of patrols in Manbij as part of a deal with the U.S. to rid the area of the terror group YPG/PKK.

On its Twitter account, the Turkish General Staff said that both countries' forces conducted separate coordinated patrols in the area between Manbij and the area previously cleared by Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/turkey-us-agree-on-clearing-syrian-regions-of-pkk/1196321

TURKEY CONDEMNS ISRAELI DEMOLITION OF BEDOUIN HOUSES
التاريخ : 06.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey on Thursday "strongly" condemned the Israeli army’s demolition of the Palestinian Bedouin houses in Abu Nuwar.

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry also condemned "the start of preparations for demolishing in the Bedouin region of Khan Al-Ahmar in the occupied Palestinian territories".

"These acts carried out by the Israeli authorities with impunity jeopardize the contiguous and independent Palestinian State perspective," it said.

The ministry urged Israel to end "its illegal activities which exacerbate tensions in the region and undermine the two-state solution vision".

Under 1995 Oslo agreement between Israel and Palestine, the West Bank was divided into A, B and C areas. The administrative and security authority of the area A was given to Palestine while the administration of area B was given to Palestine but security to Israel, while in area C areas, both administration and security authority, were to Israel.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/turkey-condemns-israeli-demolition-of-bedouin-houses/1196049

TURKEY AND MONTENEGRO AGREE TO ENHANCE DEFENSE TIES
التاريخ : 05.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey and Montenegro have agreed to collaborate in the defense industry, the Turkish defense minister said on Thursday.

Speaking to reporters during an official visit to Montenegro's capital Podgorica, Nurettin Canikli described a meeting with his Montenegrin counterpart Predrag Boskovic as “constructive” and “fruitful".

Canikli said: "We mutually agreed to share our experiences and skills in the defense industry.

"Turkey is ready to meet all demands by Montenegro on the issue. The doors of our defense industry and capacity are open till the end of times for Montenegro."

He emphasized Montenegro's strategic position in the Balkans.

"In this sense, Montenegro's NATO membership will greatly contribute to the continuation of stability in the Balkans in this region, a very big, significant and positive development.

"Likewise, it is important for other demanding countries in the Balkans to finalize NATO membership as soon as possible and join NATO.

"We support with all our heart Montenegro's membership into the European Union as soon as possible. After joining the EU, stability in the region will become even stronger," said Canikli.

He added that concrete steps towards jointly agreed-upon goals will take place when a "business union" will be set up.

"We especially discussed the production of military uniforms and similar products in Montenegro.

"We think it is extremely important for Montenegro to realize an investment in the country will not only meet its own needs but also the needs of the region -- and in the long run -- the EU countries.

"We will reveal more details soon. Montenegro has a technical infrastructure and hopefully we will further develop it in the future."

Earlier, the Turkish minister was welcomed at a military ceremony by the Montenegrin Defense Ministry.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/turkey-and-montenegro-agree-to-enhance-defense-ties/1195755

TANAP FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF TURKEY’S BECOMING AN ENERGY CORRIDOR AND ENERGY HUB
الجهاز الاعلامي : Anadolu Agency
تاريخ النشر : 05.07.2018
الكاتب : Assoc. Prof. Elif Nuroğlu
طريقة الترجمة : Summary Translation
المصدر المرئية : AA

Trans Anatolian Pipeline Project (TANAP) was inaugurated on June 12, 2018. First natural gas transfer was made to Turkey on June 30, 2018. TANAP constitutes the Turkey stop of the Southern Gas Corridor project which will carry natural gas from Shah Deniz 2 field to Europe via Turkey.

It is possible to assess the potential impact of TANAP from four perspectives, namely energy supply security, socio-economic impact, political and economic stability and international relations.

Energy supply security

Since Turkey imports 99 percent of the natural gas it consumes and is dependent on Russia for 60 percent of its natural gas, it is important for Turkey to diversify its energy resources and reduce dependence on a single country for energy.

This argument applies both for Turkey and the European countries that the natural gas is destined to.

Socio-economic impact

Turkey will charge a fee for the transit of natural gas through Turkey for sale in Europe. One should also keep in mind that BOTAŞ, which holds a 30 percent stake in the whole project, will benefit from the operating revenues as well. As a consequence, TANAP is projected to have a positive socio-economic impact both in the investment and operation phases.

Political and economic stability

Turkish and foreign investors should believe in the stability of the country so that Turkey can take firm steps towards ensuring the security of the energy supply of the European countries and itself in conjunction with TANAP and other energy projects. The way for the investors to reach the soft loan and cheap credit might be possible via the low-risk rate of the countries.

In this regard, the results of June 24 elections will enable the investors in the energy sector to work in a stable atmosphere for the next five years.

Perspectives of international relations

The European countries such as Turkey are greatly dependent on Russia’s natural gas. Therefore, just before TANAP’s ground-breaking, the EU Commission expressed its desire to jointly work with Turkey regarding the energy policies. Moreover, it is known that TANAP further strengthened the relations with friendly and brotherly country, Azerbaijan, during the preparation, investment, construction and operation processes.

When does Turkey become a center of energy?

Together with the activation of TANAP project, the evaluations are concentrated on the issue whether Turkey is a transit country or a center of energy. At this point, it would be right to describe TANAP as an important building stone for Turkey’s long-term energy plans. If Turkey would be a center of energy, this might be achieved with the sustainability and completion of TANAP and similar projects.

PARLIAMENT HAS MORE INFLUENCE IN NEW SYSTEM: YILDIRIM
التاريخ : 05.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Under Turkey’s new system, the parliament will wield more influence, said Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Thursday.

Speaking as the special guest of Anadolu Agency's Editors’ Desk, Yildirim said: “The importance of parliament has grown under the new system.”

He added: “Apart from the budget law, the government does not have the authority to propose legislation.”

He said that this shows the strong power and role of the parliament.

Yildirim, Turkey’s last prime minister, is serving his last days at the post, as the country officially shifted to a presidential system of government last month, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan election victory.

Yildirim's premiership is due to conclude when a new government is formed next week.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/parliament-has-more-influence-in-new-system-yildirim/1195325

TURKEY: ELECTED MPS TO BE SWORN IN ON SATURDAY
التاريخ : 04.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Elected parliament members will be sworn in at the Turkish Grand National Assembly on Saturday, two weeks after the June 24 elections.

Parliament rules and regulations stipulate that elected deputies are to be sworn in three days after the Supreme Board of Election chairman announces the official results. 

Since chairman Sadi Guven has presented the official results of the June 24 elections on Wednesday, lawmakers are to be sworn in on Saturday.

Since the day after the elections, elected deputies have started to receive their mandates from the election committees of their districts.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/turkey-elected-mps-to-be-sworn-in-on-saturday/1195016

TURKEY: PRESIDENTIAL CABINET TO BE ANNOUNCED ON JULY 9
التاريخ : 04.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Presidential aide Ibrahim Kalin said on Wednesday that the Turkish Cabinet will be announced on July 9.

Kalin said: “The first presidential decree will be issued in the time period between the oath-taking ceremony and announcement of the presidential Cabinet.

“The structure of the new system will be realized,” he added.

Kalin said the government will ensure a smooth transition to the new system in accordance with the authority issued by the Grand National Assembly, till the president takes oath.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will also take oath on July 9.

“Following the oath-taking ceremony, Mr. President will visit Anitkabir [mausoleum of Turkey's founder Ataturk],” he said, adding that on the same day at 6.00 p.m. local time (1500GMT) the presidential inauguration ceremony would be held.

The inauguration ceremony will be attended by several foreign heads of state and high-ranking officials as well as representatives from Turkey.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/turkey-presidential-cabinet-to-be-announced-on-july-9/1194887

TURKEY, SUDAN SIGN ASSOCIATION AGREEMENT ON TRADE
التاريخ : 04.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci and Hatim el-Sir Ali, Sudanese trade minister, on Wednesday signed an association agreement in order to boost trade.

"The aim of this agreement is to increase the bilateral trade volume between the two countries to $2 billion," Zeybekci said after the signing ceremony of the Arabic version of the deal.

He added Ankara will soon launch the ratification process in the Turkish parliament.

Late December, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Khartoum and called for greater Turkish investment in Sudan.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/africa/turkey-sudan-sign-association-agreement-on-trade/1194812

TURKEY, BOSNIA AGREE TO ENHANCE DEFENSE TIES
التاريخ : 04.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina agreed to enhance cooperation in the field of defense, Turkey’s Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said on Wednesday.

Canikli's remarks came during his official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina's capital Sarajevo.

Speaking to reporters after meeting his Bosnian counterpart Marina Pendes, Canikli described Bosnia as “a valuable and important country” for Turkey.

Calling his meeting with Pendes “constructive” and “fruitful,” the Turkish minister said: "The two countries agreed to further develop relations in the field of defense."

"We will continue to provide support to Bosnia and Herzegovina [...] We believe that Bosnia and Herzegovina will soon become NATO and EU member," said Canikli.

Underlining historical ties between the two countries, the Turkish minister said Bosnia and Herzegovina has a strategic position in the Balkans.

"Without stability in Bosnia and Herzegovina, there will be no stability in the Balkans and in Europe. And if there is no stability in Balkans, there can be no stability in the world," said Canikli.

During his visit, Canikli visited Kovaci Cemetery in Sarajevo and laid a wreath at Bosnia's first President Alija Izetbegovic's grave.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/turkey-bosnia-agree-to-enhance-defense-ties/1194784

TURKEY TO HOST INT’L ROHINGYA CONSULTATIONS MEETING
التاريخ : 04.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey on Wednesday announced that an international meeting on the Rohingya crisis is to take place in capital Ankara on July 6.

A Foreign Ministry statement recalled Turkey's continuous efforts to "provide support for Rohingya Muslims in order to find a solution to the humanitarian crisis".

"In this context, to discuss the challenges to the improvement of the humanitarian situation in the region, Turkey is organizing an International Rohingya Consultations Meeting with the participation of like-minded countries and active international organizations in the region on July 6, 2018, in Ankara," said the statement.

The Health Ministry and other Turkish nonprofit organizations, including the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), Turkish Red Crescent and Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) will participate in the meeting.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/turkey-to-host-intl-rohingya-consultations-meeting/1194692

RECOGNITION OF GÖBEKLİTEPE TO BOOST PROTECTION EFFORTS
التاريخ : 04.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

The inclusion of the "world's oldest temple" Gobeklitepe in southeastern Sanliurfa province in UNESCO's World Heritage List will strengthen efforts to protect the site, head of Turkey's commission for UNESCO said.

Gobeklitepe was added to the list during the 42nd UNESCO World Heritage Committee session in Manama, Bahrain, according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Sunday.

The ministry said: "The world’s oldest known megalithic structure located in Upper Mesopotamia dates back 11,000 years."

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Ocal Oguz said with the inclusion of Gobeklitepe -- which translates as Potbelly Hill -- Turkey has made an important contribution to the history of mankind. 

"The list also includes Catalhoyuk which dates back to 10,000 years and is located in Konya. Gobeklitepe has upgraded this history to 12,000 years," said Oguz, adding that the site is summary of all mankind history not only of Turkey, Europe, Asia or Africa.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture-and-art/recognition-of-gobeklitepe-to-boost-protection-efforts/1194597

PRESIDENT ERDOGAN TO BE SWORN IN NEXT WEEK
التاريخ : 04.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be sworn in for the first time under new executive system on July 9, according to presidential sources on Wednesday.

The oath-taking ceremony will be held at 4.00 p.m. local time (1300GMT) at parliament in the capital Ankara, the sources said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Later, a ceremony will be held at presidential complex to mark the country’s transition to the presidential system of government.

The June 24 vote marks Turkey's transition to an executive presidential system of government, doing away with the prime minister's post, among other changes.

According to the Anadolu Agency correspondent at the Turkish parliament, Erdogan will also announce the cabinet members on Monday.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/president-erdogan-to-be-sworn-in-next-week/1194460

TURKISH PREMIER PAYS FAREWELL VISITS TO TOP OFFICIALS
التاريخ : 03.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Tuesday paid farewell visits as premier to Parliament Speaker Ismail Kahraman and Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar.

As Turkey officially shifted into a presidential government system following President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s victory in the June 24 elections, Yildirim became the last prime minister of the Turkish Republic.

His premiership is due to conclude when a new government is formed next week.

Yildirim also met with Ismail Rustu Cirit, chief justice of Turkey’s Supreme Court.

Later today, he is also set to visit the heads of the Religious Affairs Directorate, Constitutional Court, and national radio and TV broadcaster TRT.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/turkish-premier-pays-farewell-visits-to-top-officials/1193725

TURKEY CONDEMNS TERROR ATTACK IN AFGHANISTAN
التاريخ : 02.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey on Monday condemned the terrorist attack in Afghanistan's eastern Jalalabad city on Sunday.

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said: "We learned with sorrow that a terrorist attack perpetrated in Jalalabad resulted in loss of lives of many and left many others wounded.

"We condemn this heinous terrorist attack, convey our condolences to the friendly government and the brotherly people of Afghanistan, and wish speedy recovery to the wounded."

At least 18 people were killed in a suicide car bombing in Afghanistan's eastern Jalalabad city during a visit by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, officials and local media confirmed on Sunday.

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/turkey-condemns-terror-attack-in-afghanistan/1192621

DIRECTOR GENERAL AKARCA VISITS AFRIN WITH NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PRESS MEMBERS FROM 16 COUNTRIES
التاريخ : 01.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
طريقة الترجمة : Summary Translation

Afrin has been cleansed from terror thanks to the successful Operation Olive Branch conducted by Turkish Armed Forces. Waging a determined fight against the perception management operations based on misinformation targeting the Operation carried out in order to protect the security of Turkey’s borders as well as the region, Directorate General of Press and Information organized a visit to Afrin for press members who wished to observe on site the daily life which went back to normal in Afrin.

A total of 32 journalists from the United States of America, Germany, United Kingdom, Spain, Norway, Russia, Denmark, Greece, Egypt, Netherlands, Iran, Japan, Switzerland and South Korea attended the press tour.

Chief Adviser to the President and Director General of Press and Information Mehmet Akarca accompanied journalists during the press tour aiming to accurately inform the world public opinion on the humanitarian assistance provided to the people of the region following the operation as well as the peaceful and safe environment prevailing in the town.

Director General Akarca gave interviews to national and international members and held contacts with local authorities about the transformation in Afrin as well as the latest situation in the region. Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hami Aksoy as well as other officials from the Ministry were also present during the meetings in question.

TURKEY’S GOBEKLITEPE ADDED TO UNESCO HERITAGE LIST
التاريخ : 02.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Gobeklitepe, a site in southeastern Turkey hailed as the world’s oldest temple, has been added to UNESCO World Heritage list, the Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

In a statement issued on its website, the ministry said the decision was made during the ongoing 42nd UNESCO World Heritage Committee session in Manama, Bahrain.

Gobeklitepe has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage Tentative List since 2011.

According to the ministry, it is "the world’s oldest known megalithic structure located in Upper Mesopotamia and dates back to 11,000 years".

Turkey now boasts of 18 heritage sites on the list.

"As a result of intensive efforts of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Turkish National Commission for UNESCO and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the adoption of this decision, the number of inscribed sites of Turkey on UNESCO World Heritage List has reached to 18," the statement added.

During preparations for its candidacy, a 4,000-square-meter steel roof was erected to protect the site.

After being temporarily closed to visitors due to restoration work, Gobeklitepe partially reopened in February.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture-and-art/turkeys-gobeklitepe-added-to-unesco-heritage-list/1192358

TURKEY CONDEMNS BOMB ATTACK IN IRAQ’S KIRKUK
التاريخ : 01.07.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey on Sunday "strongly" condemned a suicide bombing targeting ballot boxes in Iraq’s northern Kirkuk province.

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said: "We have learned with sorrow that according to initial reports one person lost his life and 21 were injured as a result of a suicide vehicle bombing today at a warehouse in Kirkuk, where ballots are kept."

"We strongly condemn this terrorist attack, wish Allah’s mercy upon our Iraqi brother who lost his life, speedy recovery to the wounded, and convey our condolences to the relatives of the deceased," the statement added.

The ministry also said they expected the relevant Iraqi authorities to rapidly and transparently complete the investigation regarding the fraud and irregularity allegations about the elections and take all necessary measures to provide security in the province.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turkey-condemns-bomb-attack-in-iraqs-kirkuk-/1192369

ERDOGAN REITERATES RESOLVE TO FIGHT AGAINST TERROR
التاريخ : 29.06.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday reiterated his firm stance in the fight against terrorism, saying it would continue to be the “biggest fight” in Turkey. 

Speaking at an opening ceremony of a mosque built on the campus of Gendarmerie and Coast Guard Academy in capital Ankara, Erdogan said: “In the forthcoming period as well, our biggest fight in our country will be against the terrorism.” 

The president, who emphasized on the success of the Turkish military in Jarabulus and Afrin during Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations, said the increase in the number of commando and special forces soldiers will contribute to Turkey’s success in the fight against terrorism.

“We will eliminate terrorism by trampling on it so that the nation finds peace,” Erdogan said.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/erdogan-reiterates-resolve-to-fight-against-terror/1190957

PHOTOS FROM DGPI’S ARCHIVE EXHIBITED AT RECEPTION TO MARK QUEEN ELIZABETH II’S BIRTHDAY
التاريخ : 29.06.2018
المصدر : DGPI
المصدر المرئية : DGPI
التفاصيل : Summary Translation

British Embassy in Ankara hosted a reception to celebrate the United Kingdom Armed Forces Day and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday. Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Şimşek, Chief Advisor to the President and Director General of Press and Information Mehmet Akarca as well as many diplomats and chiefs of mission attended the reception.

On the occasion of the centenary of voting rights for British women, achievements of both British and Turkish women were recalled at the event, during which unique photos from DGPI’s archive shedding a light on the history of relations between the United Kingdom and Turkey were exhibited.

Akarca said: "I feel proud that photos from the DGPI archive providing a window into history were exhibited at the reception held by the British Embassy in Ankara on the occasion of the 92nd birthday of Queen Elizabeth II."

During his speech at the reception, Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Şimşek highlighted that the relations between Turkey and the UK were very strong, and said: "We will never forget the British support after the failed coup attempt of July 15. This was an indication of real friendship and empathy about what Turkey had gone through at the time.”

TURKEY WON’T GIVE UP S-400 DEAL WITH RUSSIA, PRESIDENTIAL SPOX KALIN SAYS
التاريخ : 29.06.2018
المصدر : Daily Sabah
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey won't back down from its deal with Moscow for S-400 missiles despite threats of sanctions from the U.S., presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalın said on Thursday.

In an interview with Turkish Bloomberg HT channel, Kalın said "Turkey has the final say on these issues as a sovereign nation. Turkey will decide which defense systems to acquire or from whom."

According to Kalın, the government will always favor having good relations with the U.S. but Turkey "has never been or ever will be a part of an agreement which would exercise any limit on its sovereign rights."

The spokesperson added that warnings of possible sanctions serve no benefit to the relation between the two countries, adding that Turkey will take the necessary steps in case of such measures.

https://www.dailysabah.com/defense/2018/06/29/turkey-wont-give-up-s-400-deal-with-russia-presidential-spox-kalin-says