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.”

THE 2018 WINNERS OF THE PRESIDENTIAL CULTURE AND ARTS GRAND AWARDS DESIGNATED
التاريخ : 10.12.2018
المصدر : Presidency Of The Republic Of Turkey
التفاصيل : Original text

The Cultural and Arts Policies Council, which convened under the chairmanship of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has decided to grant the 2018 Presidential Culture and Arts Grand Awards to Mehmet İpşirli, Türker İnanoğlu, Erol Sayan, İzzet Keribar and Mehmet Akif Ersoy.

The Cultural and Arts Policies Council, which convened under the chairmanship of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at Çankaya Palace in Ankara, has designated the 2018 winners of the Presidential Culture and Arts Grand Awards.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION: MEHMET AKIF ERSOY

The council has decided to grant the 2018 Presidential Culture and Arts Grand Awards to Mehmet İpşirli in the field of history and social sciences; to Türker İnanoğlu in the field of cinema; to Erol Sayan in the field of music; and to İzzet Keribar in the field of arts/photography. It has also been decided that this year’s Loyalty Award be granted to Mehmet Akif Ersoy.

The Presidential Culture and Arts Grand Awards Ceremony will be held at the Presidential Complex on Dec. 19.

https://www.tccb.gov.tr/en/news/542/100046/the-2018-winners-of-the-presidential-culture-and-arts-grand-awards-designated

TURKEY: RIYADH’S REFUSAL TO EXTRADITE KHASHOGGI MURDER SUSPECTS DISAPPOINTING
التاريخ : 10.12.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Saudi Arabia’s refusal to extradite the suspected killers of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is “very disappointing,” said Turkey's presidential communications director on Monday.

In a statement to Reuters, Fahrettin Altun reiterated the calls for an international investigation into the case of the slain journalist, saying, “The world should seek justice for his case under international law”.

“It will be in the best interest of the international community to seek justice for the late Saudi journalist under international law,” Altun said as quoted in the news report.

Refusing the extradition of the murder suspects would only justify those "who believe Saudi Arabia has been trying to cover up the murder," he added.

It is understood that Saudi Arabia’s consul-general in Istanbul also an accomplice to the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, Altun said.

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia ruled out extraditing suspects in the Jamal Khashoggi case to Turkey late Sunday, the country's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said.

“We don’t extradite our citizens," said al-Jubeir in the 39th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) news conference when he was asked about the arrest warrants.

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist, and columnist for The Washington Post, went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in early October.

After initially saying he had left the consulate alive, Saudi Arabia admitted weeks later that he was killed there, blaming his death on a group of rogue Saudi operatives.

Following a royal decree, Saudi Arabia dismissed five senior officials, including al-Qahtani and al-Asiri.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/jamal-khashoggi/turkey-riyadhs-refusal-to-extradite-khashoggi-murder-suspects-disappointing-/1334752

NO ONE CAN LECTURE TURKEY ON HUMAN RIGHTS, ERDOGAN SAYS
المكان : Ankara
التاريخ : 10.12.2018
الجهاز الاعلامي : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : Presidency web site
التفاصيل : Original text

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said that no one can lecture Turkey on democracy, human rights and freedom.

"No one can lecture our country on democracy, human rights and freedom," Erdogan said at an event, titled Civilization of the Humanity.

His remarks came on the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Erdogan said the stance against defeated coup attempt in 2016, and brotherhood that Turkey shows for millions of refugees are enough to acquit Turkey on human rights and democracy.

"From now on, Turkey is definitely not the place where one could find problems regarding democracy and human rights," he added.

Erdogan said those who pretended to support human rights during Gezi protests in Turkey, are "blind, deaf and mute" to protests in Paris.

In summer 2013, relatively small demonstrations in Istanbul’s Gezi Park grew into a nationwide wave of protests against the government that left eight protesters and a police officer dead.

"You set the world on fire during Gezi protests. Why? Is it because here was Turkey? Let's broadcast likewise," Erdogan said, while calling on the world to broadcast visuals and footages of Paris protests.

Since Nov. 17, thousands of protesters have been gathering in major French cities, including capital Paris, to protest President Emmanuel Macron's controversial fuel tax hikes and the deteriorating economic situation.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/todays-headlines/no-one-can-lecture-turkey-on-human-rights-erdogan-says/1334522

NOT MIGRANTS, BUT EUROPE’S OWN SHAKING ITS SECURITY
المكان : Ankara
التاريخ : 8.12.2018
الجهاز الاعلامي : Anadolu Agency
التفاصيل : Original text

On another Saturday shaken by protests in three European countries, Turkey’s president said Europe's security and welfare is not being shaken by Muslims or immigrants, but by Europe's own people.

"The walls of security and welfare that they so cherished started to be shaken not by migrants or Muslims, but by their own citizens," Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a mass opening ceremony in Istanbul.

Telling how he has been following coverage from Europe’s streets with concern, Erdogan said the scenes of the Yellow Vest protesters show that Europe has failed on democracy, human rights, and freedom.

He said he opposes both the chaos caused by the protesters and the disproportionate force used against them.

Some 700 people were arrested during protests in France on Saturday, with police using pepper spray on demonstrators.

Similar protests were also seen to the northeast, in Belgium and the Netherlands.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/not-migrants-but-europes-own-shaking-its-security/1333161

TURKEY’S FOREIGN POLICY PANEL TO BE HELD IN LONDON
التاريخ : 08.12.2018
المصدر : Directorate of Communications
المصدر المرئية : DoC
التفاصيل : Original Text
'Today’s Turkey’ panel discussion organized by Turkish Presidency’s Directorate of Communications
 
London will host “Today’s Turkey” panel discussion on Turkey’s foreign policy on Dec. 12. 
 
Titled “Turkey’s Role in the Changing Middle East”, the event will be the fourth of “Today’s Turkey” panel discussion series and is organized by Turkish Presidency’s Directorate of Communications. 
 
British and Turkish experts will discuss Turkey’s foreign policy during the talks which will be held at Naval and Military Club.
 
The first of “Today’s Turkey” panel discussion series was held in New York in September ahead of a UN Security Council meeting. The second one was held in Berlin during a visit to the city by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 
 
The third panel discussion was held under the theme of “World is Bigger Than Five” in Buenos Aires ahead of G20 meeting in the city in Nov. 
 
Erdogan has long advocated reforming the structure of the UN Security Council, using the motto: "The world is bigger than five," and has criticized the five permanent Council members -- China, France, Russia, the U.K., and the U.S.
WE ARE DETERMINED NOT TO LET THE PEOPLE’S ALLIANCE BE DISRUPTED
التاريخ : 07.12.2018
المصدر : Turkish Presidency Website
المصدر المرئية : Turkish Presidency Website
التفاصيل : Original Text

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan answered reporters’ questions on the way out of the Hazrat Ali Mosque in Istanbul where he performed the Friday prayer.

UPCOMING LOCAL ELECTIONS

In response to a question regarding the latest state of the People’s Alliance in the run up to the local elections scheduled for March 31st, 2019, President Erdoğan warned about the circles that are jealous of the solidarity and cooperation within the Alliance. Stressing the importance the upcoming local elections carry at a time of widespread attacks targeting Turkey and the Turkish people, President Erdoğan voiced determination not to let the People’s Alliance be disrupted.

RUSSIA-UKRAINE CRISIS

Answering another question concerning the crisis between Russia and Ukraine, President Erdoğan drew attention to the phone talks he held with Mr. Putin and Mr. Poroshenko on the issue. Noting that he conveyed Mr. Poroshenko’s relevant demands to Mr. Putin, President Erdoğan expressed his hope for a positive approach to be taken regarding the issue.

https://www.tccb.gov.tr/en/news/542/99999/-we-are-determined-not-to-let-the-people-s-alliance-be-disrupted-

TURKEY TO ENHANCE TIES WITH LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRIES
التاريخ : 04.12.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey will continue to enhance relations with the countries in Latin America and in the Caribbean, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.

"We will continue to develop our bilateral and multilateral relations with the countries in the Latin American and Caribbean region which have an important place in our opening policy," Erdogan told reporters in the capital Ankara.

Erdogan's remarks came after concluding his visits to Argentina, Paraguay and Venezuela.

He said the leaders discussed global trade, infrastructural investments, modern tax system, new risks and vulnerabilities in the financial system, as well as the fight against terrorism during G20 Leaders' Summit in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires.

"During our bilateral meetings, the Jamal Khashoggi issue frequently came to the agenda," Erdogan said.

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and columnist for The Washington Post, went missing after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.

The Saudi government changed its story on the murder, first denying it took place, then suggesting it was accidental and finally referring to it as a rogue operation.

Erdogan said following the G20 meeting, he was honored to pay Turkey’s first presidential visit to Paraguay and Venezuela.

"I believe that we will more clearly see the positive effects of our meetings on our relations with Paraguay and Venezuela in the upcoming period," he added.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/americas/turkey-to-enhance-ties-with-latin-american-countries/1329387

TURKEY DETERMINED TO ENHANCE TIES WITH VENEZUELA
المكان : Ankara
التاريخ : 4.12.2018
الجهاز الاعلامي : Anadolu Agency
التفاصيل : Original text

Turkey is determined to further enhance relations with Venezuela, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday. 

"We resolve to preserve the momentum we have achieved over the past two years and to enhance our relations further," Erdogan said at a news conference alongside his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro in the capital Caracas. 

Erdogan reiterated that he is the first Turkish president to visit Venezuela. 

"We hope that high-level visits between [officials of] the two countries will increasingly continue," he added. 

Underscoring that bilateral trade between Turkey and Venezuela had jumped to over US$1 billion in 2018, a more than sixfold increase over the previous year, Erdogan cited cooperation in various fields, including infrastructure, defense and energy. 

He also said Turkey plans to build a mosque in Caracas at Venezuela's request.

The president also said Venezuela had handed over two schools affiliated with the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) -- the terrorist group behind the 2016 defeated coup in Turkey -- to a Turkish education body. 

Erdogan repeated his condemnation of the attempt on Maduro’s life on Aug. 4, calling it a "very serious betrayal and dishonor".

Maduro also conferred the country’s highest distinction, the Order of the Liberator, on Erdogan, who said it was a symbol of the friendship between Ankara and Caracas. 

Ten treaties were signed between the two countries, including on economic relations, defense industry cooperation and academia. 


https://www.aa.com.tr/en/americas/turkey-determined-to-enhance-ties-with-venezuela/1328738

TURKEY, VENEZUELA MAKING EFFORTS TO BOOST TIES: ERDOGAN
التاريخ : 03.12.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Ankara and Caracas have been making efforts to strengthen cooperation in all areas, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday.

"There are solid ties in friendship and solidarity between our countries. We have strong potentials in our economic relations with Venezuela.

"We are making efforts to diversify and deepen cooperation with Venezuela in every field through win-win understanding," Erdogan said, while speaking at the Turkey-Venezuela Business Forum alongside his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro in the capital Caracas.

Erdogan said geographic distance between Turkey and Venezuela should not be seen as "obstacle" to strengthen bilateral ties and cooperation.

He said the trade volume between the two countries has exceeded $1billion in the first nine months of 2018.

"We need to increase Turkey's exports to Venezuela and we need to make our trade more stable and more sustainable," Erdogan added.

Erdogan also said Turkey's economy has shown "strong" performance despite prevention efforts and attacks against it.

About assassination attempt on Maduro, Erdogan said the attempt was a “dastardly attack” on both the president and Venezuelan people's “will for independence.”

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/americas/turkey-venezuela-making-efforts-to-boost-ties-erdogan-/1328610

PRESIDENT ERDOĞAN ARRIVES IN VENEZUELA FOR TALKS
التاريخ : 03.12.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in the Venezuelan capital Caracas on late Sunday as part of his official tour to Latin America.

Erdogan arrived in Caracas at 9.40 p.m. local time (0140GMT Monday).

The president and the first lady Emine Erdogan were welcomed by Venezuela’s Vice-President Delcy Rodriguez, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza and Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino.

Turkey's ambassador to Caracas Sevki Mutevellioglu and Venezuela’s ambassador to Ankara Jose Bracho Reyes were also present at the Simon Bolivar International Airport to meet the them.

Erdogan was accompanied by Turkey's Energy Minister Fatih Donmez, Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan.

As part of his visit, Erdogan is scheduled to attend Turkey-Venezuela Business Forum along with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro. The two leaders will also hold a joint news conference after signing several deals.

Erdogan’s visit came after he attended the G20 summit in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires on Friday and Saturday.

The Turkish president met eight heads of state and government on the sidelines of the two-day summit.

On Sunday, Erdogan paid a visit to Paraguay, as well.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/americas/turkish-president-arrives-in-venezuela-for-talks/1327887

TURKISH, PARAGUAYAN PRESIDENTS AGREE TO STRENGTHEN TIES
التاريخ : 03.12.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Paraguayan counterpart Mario Abdo Benitez agreed to further strengthen bilateral relations during a meeting in the capital Asuncion on Sunday.

In a joint press release, published following the closed-door meeting, the leaders praised "strong diplomatic relations between the two countries".

Paraguay and Turkey will open diplomatic missions in Ankara and Asuncion simultaneously, according to the statement.

Turkey's first ambassador to Paraguay will be Armagan Inci Ersoy, it added.

Erdogan and Benitez also agreed to take steps for further development of bilateral relations in economy, education, culture, science and technology fields.

"The two presidents have stressed the importance of multilateral cooperation in the fight against terrorism and transboundary crimes," it added.

They also emphasized boosting investment, underlining the importance of bilateral trade relations.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/americas/turkish-paraguayan-presidents-agree-to-strengthen-ties/1327838

PRESIDENT ERDOGAN ARRIVES IN PARAGUAY
التاريخ : 02.12.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Paraguay on Sunday as part of his official tour to Latin America.

Erdogan and first lady Emine Erdogan were welcomed by Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez and his wife Silvana Lopez Moreira Bo with an official ceremony at Lopez Presidential Palace in the capital Asuncion.

Many Turkish citizens living in Paraguay gathered in front of the presidential palace and chanted slogans welcoming the Turkish leader.

Erdogan and Benitez proceeded with the head-to-head meeting following the official ceremony.

This was the second destination of Erdogan's Latin America tour as he is scheduled to visit Venezuela on Monday.

Erdogan's trips to Paraguay and Venezuela mark the first-ever by a Turkish president.

He was in Argentina to attend the G20 summit in the capital Buenos Aires on Friday and Saturday.

The Turkish president met eight heads of state and government on the sidelines of the two-day summit.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/americas/turkish-president-erdogan-arrives-in-paraguay/1327759

ERDOGAN MEETS 8 LEADERS ON G20 SIDELINES IN ARGENTINA
التاريخ : 02.12.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

President Erdogan met eight heads of state and government on the sidelines of the two-day G20 summit.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the G20 summit in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires on Friday and Saturday.

On Saturday, he met his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump in a close-door meeting which lasted 50 minutes.

On Friday, Erdogan had a brief chat with Trump.

The Turkish president also held a closed-door meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

On the first day of the G20 summit, Erdogan held a closed door meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte which lasted nearly an hour.

In addition to the meeting with Rutte, Erdogan held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping for 30 minutes.

He also held talks with Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera for 35 minutes and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Erdogan also attended a cultural event together with other world leaders at the Colon Theatre and they dined in the theatre's Golden Room afterwards.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/todays-headlines/erdogan-meets-8-leaders-on-g20-sidelines-in-argentina/1327543

KHASHOGGI MURDER IS WORLD’S ISSUE, SAYS ERDOGAN
التاريخ : 02.12.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

The murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is not an issue of Turkey but of the whole world, said President  Erdogan Saturday. 

Speaking at a news conference at G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey has never seen the Khashoggi's murder as a political issue. 

"For us, this incident is a vicious murder and will remain so," said Erdogan. 

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and columnist for The Washington Post, went missing after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.

The Saudi government changed its story on the murder, first denying it took place, then suggesting it was accidental and finally referring to it as a rogue operation.

Turkey has called for the extradition of the killers for trial in Turkey where the crime took place.

The Turkish leader said that Ankara mobilized all efforts since the beginning of the brutal killing of Khashoggi. 

Despite repeated denials from the Saudi authorities, the killing was revealed thanks to Ankara's "determined stance", he added.

He stressed that neither Islamic world nor the international community would be satisfied until revealing of all those responsible for murder of the journalist.

Erdogan said Turkey has never intended to harm Saudi Arabia or Saudi royal family. 

"We believe that it will also be in the interest of Saudi Arabia to clarify all aspects of the murder and prosecute all perpetrators," said the president. 

Situation in Yemen

On Yemen, Erdogan said the crisis in the war-torn country must be resolved urgently.

"The pain of Yemeni people must be finished as soon as possible. The independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity of Yemen should definitely be protected," Erdogan stressed.

An estimated 8.4 million people in Yemen are at risk of severe famine and more than 22 million people, or 75 percent of the population, are in need of humanitarian assistance. 

Impoverished Yemen has been wracked by conflict since 2014, when Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including the capital, Sanaa. 

The conflict escalated in 2015 when Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Arab allies launched a military campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi gains in Yemen and shoring up the country’s Saudi-backed government. 

The war has resulted in a collapsed economy and a cholera outbreak that has affected over 1.1 million people. 

Riyadh has repeatedly accused the Houthis of acting as a proxy force for Iran, Saudi Arabia’s arch-foe in the region.

'Clearing east of Euphrates from PKK/YPG'

Turning to the situation east of Euphrates river in northern Syria, Erdogan said Turkey will clear east of Euphrates in northern Syria from PKK/YPG terror group in the near future.

"We will not allow any structure in northern Syria that poses threat to the security of our country and region," he stressed.

YPG/PKK terrorists currently occupy some 28 percent of Syrian territory.

A possible mission east of the Euphrates, which Turkey’s leadership has been suggesting for months, would follow two successful cross-border Turkish operations into Syria, Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch, both meant to eradicate the presence of the terrorist YPG/PKK and Daesh near Turkey’s borders.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU -- has been responsible for the death of some 40,000 people, including those of women and children. The YPG is its Syrian branch.

'Aggressive policies of Greek Cypriots'

He said Turkey will keep taking necessary measures as long as Greek Cypriots continue their "aggressive policies" ignoring basic rights of Turkish Cypriots.

Erdogan said Turkey will not allow usurpation of northern Cyprus' rights on hydrocarbon resources in eastern Mediterranean.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/jamal-khashoggi/khashoggi-murder-is-worlds-issue-says-erdogan/1327205

ERDOGAN, TRUMP MEET ON G20 SIDELINES IN ARGENTINA
التاريخ : 01.12.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with his US counterpart Donald Trump in Argentina on Saturday. 

The closed-door meeting between two leaders, which lasted 50 minutes, was held on the sidelines of the G20 Leader's Summit in the capital Buenos Aires.

This was the second time Erdogan and Trump met in Argentina's capital on the G20 sidelines. 

On Friday, before the special session -- entitled Fair and Sustainable Future -- of the summit, Turkish president had a brief chat with Trump.

Ahead of their meeting, Erdogan and Trump posed for a photo with FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

Erdogan also met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Argentina's President Mauricio Macri in Buenos Aires. 

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/americas/erdogan-trump-meet-on-g20-sidelines-in-argentina/1327039

TURKISH, RUSSIAN LEADERS MEET IN ARGENTINA
التاريخ : 01.12.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit on Saturday.

“Our talks regarding TurkStream are of great importance,” Erdogan said before his meeting with Putin.

The TurkStream project is an export gas pipeline set to cross beneath the Black Sea from Russia to Turkey and extend to Turkey's borders with neighboring countries.  

Speaking about the four-nation Istanbul summit on Syria’s northwestern Idlib, he said there were more steps needed to be taken.

“I find it very appropriate to have a meeting about Idlib even if it’s for a short time,” Erdogan said.

On Oct. 27 Turkey hosted a four-nation summit, which was attended by the leaders of Turkey, Russia, France and Germany, who expressed their determination to end the bloodshed in war-torn Syria. 

Prior to his closed-door meeting with Putin, Erdogan also received Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/economy/turkish-russian-leaders-meet-in-argentina/1326921

TURKEY’S PRESIDENT MEETS WITH OTHER LEADERS AT G20
المكان : Buenos Aires
التاريخ : 30.11.2018
الجهاز الاعلامي : Anadolu Agency
التفاصيل : Original text

Turkey’s president met with other heads of state Friday on the sidelines of the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte lasted nearly an hour.

Erdogan also held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping for 30 minutes and Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera for 35 minutes.

The meetings were closed to the press. 

During the gatherings, Erdogan was accompanied by Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin as well as Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, the Turkish Presidency’s Communications Director, Fahrettin Altun, and Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/economy/turkeys-president-meets-with-other-leaders-at-g20/1326387

TURKISH PRESIDENT ATTENDS SPECIAL SESSION AT G20 SUMMIT
التاريخ : 30.11.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text
Turkish president on Friday attended a special session held as part of G20 Leaders’ Summit in Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had arrived in Buenos Aires on Thursday to attend the summit.

Argentine President Mauricio Macri -- also this year's President of the G20 Summit -- welcomed the G20 leaders at the Costa Salguero Center.

Later, Erdogan and other heads of state attended the special session -- entitled Fair And Sustainable Future.

Before the session, Turkish president had a brief chat with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump.

The G20 leaders will also attend the opening of the summit, where Macri will deliver a speech, after the session.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/economy/turkish-president-attends-special-session-at-g20-summit/1326277

ERDOGAN SAYS PEACE IN ASIA CRUCIAL FOR WHOLE WORLD
التاريخ : 29.11.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday underlined the importance of the continuation of peace and development in Asia, as well as ensuring economic and social unity among the countries in the region.

In a written message sent to the 11th plenary session of Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) held in Istanbul - where Anadolu Agency is the official host photographer -- Erdogan termed Asia as a “region of opportunities” with its dynamic population, rich culture, and history.

“Sustaining peace and development and ensuring economic and social unity among the countries of the region are of great importance for the whole world,” he said.

Speaking at the event, Turkish Parliament Speaker Binali Yildirim said the biggest problems to humanity are terror, violence, wars, migration, poverty, and diseases.

“The ongoing conflicts have no benefit to our region and humanity,” Yildirim said.

“There is a need to eliminate the existing problems [and] to contribute to our governments to resolve disputes and problems by using parliamentary diplomacy effectively,” he added.

The main goal of the APA is to discuss the chances of remaking Asia the center of civilization, he said.

“If we want, we can remake Asia the attraction center of the world and hope of humanity,” Yildirim noted.

“A joint struggle against terrorism, in a sincere way, should be the common goal of the countries in Asian continent regardless of religion, language and belief and without making any distinction between good and bad terrorist,” he added.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/erdogan-says-peace-in-asia-crucial-for-whole-world/1325352

TURKEY TO ADDRESS CHALLENGES OF GLOBAL ECONOMY AT G20
التاريخ : 29.11.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : Anadolu Agency
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey and other nations will address challenges faced by the global economy at this week’s G20 summit in Argentina, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday.

“We will determine the steps that we will take to eliminate the main risks to the world economy by evaluating the global economic outlook,” Erdogan said while speaking to journalists at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport before departing for Buenos Aires, where the two-day meeting will be held beginning Friday.

He warned that the issue of trade was recently causing serious controversy due to the unilateral protectionist actions of some countries.

“Free and fair international trade is one of the key elements of global economic growth,” he said.

Erdogan said education, health, employment, agriculture, development and energy issues would also be addressed.

He reiterated plans to pay official visits to Paraguay and Venezuela from Dec. 2-3 after attending the G20 summit.

Russia-Ukraine dispute

Recalling his phone conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday, Erdogan said he discussed tensions in the Sea of Azov with both parties.

 “We discussed with both sides what can be done about this and whether we can play a mediator role,” he said.

Erdogan said he will discuss the issue further with Putin on the sidelines of the summit.

On Sunday, Russia seized two Ukrainian navy ships and a navy tugboat along with 23 crew members off Crimea, accusing Kiev of entering its waters and provoking a conflict.

It said the vessels had ignored calls to stop, sparking military action.

Russia intervened as the Ukrainian ships were relocating from the Black Sea port of Odessa to the port of Mariupol in the Sea of Azov.

Videos appeared online showing a Russian coast guard vessel ramming the Ukrainian navy tugboat in the Kerch Strait.

Ukraine also accused Russian warships of opening fire on the ships, asserting that crew members were wounded and the vessels were seized by Russia.

Russia and Ukraine have been at loggerheads since 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea after a controversial referendum.

Turkey, as well as the UN General Assembly, viewed the annexation as illegal.

Syria's Manbij

Erdogan also said he would meet with his U.S. counterpart on the sidelines of the summit.

“We will discuss [northern Syria’s] Manbij issue with U.S. President Donald Trump in Argentina,” he said.

Turkish and U.S. troops began joint patrols in Manbij, northeast of the Aleppo Governorate in Syria, on Nov. 1 as part of an agreement that focuses on the withdrawal of YPG/PKK terrorists from the city to stabilize the region.

The YPG is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK, a terrorist group recognized by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU which in its 30-year terror campaign has taken some 40,000 lives.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turkey-to-address-challenges-of-global-economy-at-g20/1324515

TURKISH, US PRESIDENTS DISCUSS TIES, AZOV SEA CRISIS
التاريخ : 28.11.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

In a phone conversation Wednesday, the presidents of Turkey and the U.S. discussed bilateral relations and recent maritime tensions between Russia and Ukraine, according to Turkish presidential sources.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump also agreed to meet on the sidelines of this weekend’s G20 summit in Argentina, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions of speaking to the press.

Sources said Erdogan also told about his conversations earlier today with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko about a recent confrontation at sea between their countries.

On Sunday, Russia seized two Ukrainian navy ships and a navy tugboat along with 23 crew members off Crimea, accusing Kiev of entering its waters and provoking a conflict.

It said the vessels had ignored calls to stop, sparking military action.

Russia intervened as the Ukrainian ships were relocating from the Black Sea port of Odessa to the port of Mariupol in the Sea of Azov.

Ukraine also accused Russian warships of opening fire on the ships, asserting that crew members were wounded and the vessels were seized by Russia.

Russia and Ukraine have been at loggerheads since 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea after a controversial referendum.

Turkey, as well as the UN General Assembly, viewed the annexation as illegal.

Ukraine has also blamed Russia for separatist violence in eastern Ukraine, near the border with Russia.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turkish-us-presidents-discuss-ties-azov-sea-crisis/1324278

ERDOGAN EXPRESSES CONCERN FOR RUSSIA-UKRAINE TENSION
التاريخ : 28.11.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Wednesday held phone conversations with his Russian and Ukrainian counterparts over the recent tension between the countries in the Black Sea, according to Turkish presidential sources.

In phone calls with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko, Erdogan expressed his concerns over the tension in Sea of Azov.

Turkish president also underlined the importance of resolving the problems via diplomacy.

Kremlin also announced the phone call between Erdogan and Putin in an online statement.

The two presidents discussed the situation over the Russian-Ukrainian confrontation in a strait near Crimea, according to a statement published on the Kremlin website.

They also discussed the implementation of the memorandum on Idlib, signed in September, and some aspects of the bilateral relations, it said.

On Sunday, Russia seized two Ukrainian navy ships and a navy tugboat along with 23 crew members off Crimea, accusing Kiev of entering its waters and provoking a conflict.

It said the vessels had ignored calls to stop, sparking military action.

Russia intervened as the Ukrainian ships were relocating from the Black Sea port of Odessa to the port of Mariupol in the Sea of Azov.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/erdogan-expresses-concern-for-russia-ukraine-tension/1323956

ARGENTINA HOSTS ‘WORLD IS BIGGER THAN FIVE’ PANEL
التاريخ : 28.11.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkish Presidency’s Directorate of Communications organized a panel discussion titled “The World is Bigger than Five” as part of a series of panels on “Today’s Turkey” at the headquarters of Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI), the highest-ranked Argentinean think-tank, in Buenos Aires.

Erdogan has long advocated reforming the structure of the UN Security Council, using the motto: "The world is bigger than five," and has criticized the five permanent Council members -- China, France, Russia, the U.K., and the U.S.

The panel was part of a series of discussions under “Today’s Turkey”. The topics included Turkey's foreign policy agenda, trade, and investment challenges Turkey and Latin America face, and Turkey's foreign policy towards Latin America.

Media representatives, academics, NGOs and think tanks were among the participants of the panel, which was held at the Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI) headquarters.

Moderated by CARI’s Contemporary Eurasia Studies Working Group Coordinator Lila Roldan Vazquez, the session was jointly organized by the Embassy of Turkey in Argentina and CARI.

Speaking at the panel were Hasan Basri Yalcin, SETA Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research Director, Mehmet Necati Kutlu, Latin Studies Center director at Turkey’s Ankara University, and Alper Batur of Turkey’s Treasury and Finance Ministry.

Turkey’s ambassador to Argentina Meral Barlas as well as other foreign envoys in the city joined the panel discussion.

During the panel, SETA’s Yalcin made a presentation titled “Turkey’s Foreign Policy Agenda and UN Reform”.

Turkish academic Kutlu talked about “Turkey’s Foreign Policy Toward Latin America after the 2000s”.

He said that Turkey provided scholarships for 500 students from Latin American countries last year.

Ministry official Batur talked about “Challenges facing Turkey and Latin America on trade and investment”.

G-20 summit in Argentina

Argentina will host G20 leaders’ summit under the theme “Building consensus for fair and sustainable development” on Nov. 30-Dec. 1.

Erdogan will attend the G20 leaders’ summit in Argentina and he will pay official visits to Paraguay and Venezuela on Dec. 2-3.

“The G20 leaders’ summit will be an opportunity to review the works carried out to achieve the goal of sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth, which is one of the main items of the global agenda, and to discuss such issues as international trade, development, employment, healthcare, economic and social effects of digitalization, climate change, terrorism and migration,” Turkish Presidency said in a statement.

Erdogan is expected to hold bilateral meetings with some of the participating heads of state and government as well as with representatives of international organizations on the summit’s sidelines, the statement added.

On Tuesday, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said U.S. President Donald Trump and Erdogan will meet on the sidelines of the summit.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/americas/argentina-hosts-world-is-bigger-than-five-panel-/1323502

TRADE IN LOCAL CURRENCIES WILL BREAK SHACKLES: ERDOGAN
التاريخ : 28.11.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Using national currencies in international trade among Islamic countries is an important step towards breaking imperialist shackles, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday.

Boosting trade among members of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC) would make them stronger, Erdogan underlined in a speech to COMCEC 34th Ministerial Session, in Istanbul.

He underlined that boosting international trade among Islamic countries is key adding:

"I invite Islamic countries to complete procedures and update concessions lists to make a preferential trade system a reality."

Touching on the anniversary of the end of World War I, he said that bloodshed and crises in the region from Syria to Iraq, Yemen and Palestine stems from lines drawn at the war’s conclusion.

"Muslims should no longer be fooled by those who try to incite their differences and turn them on each other," he added.

He also stressed: "In regions where borders are drawn in blood, we should not erect new borders, new walls in our hearts."

If millions are poor and hungry in the war-torn nation of Yemen, Muslims are responsible for that, not others, he said.

Stressing that the United Nations Security Council’s permanent membership system is unfair, he again pushed for reforms to it.

Erdogan has long championed expanding and reforming the Security Council, using the slogan: “The world is greater than five.”

"We should not fall into the trap of those who give more weight to a drop of oil than a drop of blood," said Erdogan.

Urging people to visit Jerusalem, Erdogan said: "International organizations have disappointed Muslims over Palestine and civil wars, although Muslims pressed them for solutions."

The COMCEC 34th Ministerial Session began on Monday and lasts through Thursday.

Main goal is sustainable development

Addressing the gathering, Yousef Al-Othaimeen, secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), said operations to finance trade are continuing to rise and investments in OIC member countries are concentrating on the trade and finance sectors.

"Member countries are taking an interest in developing infrastructure and regional cooperation," he noted.

He added that several OIC member countries are focusing on trade, logistics, and developing infrastructure.

"The main goal is to encourage integration in the OIC and provide sustainable development in the goods and services sector," he underlined.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/economy/trade-in-local-currencies-will-break-shackles-erdogan/1323796

“TURKEY WILL NOT ALLOW FAIT ACCOMPLI IN SYRIA”
التاريخ : 28.11.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : Anadolu Agency
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkey will not allow a fait accompli in Syria but will use its right to self-defense, Turkey’s national security establishment warned on Tuesday.

In a statement after meeting in the capital Ankara, the National Security Council said that Turkey has always supported Syria's territorial integrity and political unity and stressed that the biggest threat to a political solution in Syria is the terrorist presence east of the Euphrates River.

The statement also "strongly emphasized" that Turkey would not be indifferent to the terrorist PKK/PYD-YPG changing the demographic makeup in areas bordering Turkey through persecution and forced migration.

It also stressed that Turkey will continue its determined fight against terrorism to protect its people from threats arising from terror groups along its borders with Syria and Iraq.

The statement said that "some countries” failing to list terrorist groups such as the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and the PKK/KCK's Syrian branch the PYD/YPG as terror groups hurts counter-terrorism efforts.

Turkey has long objected to U.S. support for the terrorist PYD/PYG, and has faulted both the U.S. and Europe for failing to do enough to fight FETO, the group behind a 2016 defeated coup in Turkey.

On last month’s quadrilateral summit in Istanbul, the council stressed that the issues agreed on at the summit would contribute to peace in Syria and the region, as well as provide a permanent cease-fire by demilitarization in the northwestern province of Idlib.

The summit held in late October was attended by the leaders of Turkey, Russia, France and Germany, who expressed their determination to end the bloodshed in war-torn Syria.

“To find a lasting solution in Syria, a constitutional committee, working under United Nations observation, should be established as soon as possible,” the declaration stressed.

Iraq and Cyprus

The National Security Council affirmed that Turkey would continue cooperation with the new Iraqi government in all areas, particularly security issues.

The council also underlined that the Turkish Armed Forces would continue counter-terrorism operations against the terrorist PKK/KCK in Iraq.

The council “reaffirmed that no development contrary to the rights and interests of Turkey or the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus would be allowed.”

It also warned that unilateral moves in the region would not contribute to world peace, and urged consideration of Turkey’s determination based on international law.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/turkey-will-not-allow-fait-accompli-in-syria/1323291

PRESIDENT ERDOĞAN TO VISIT ARGENTINA, PARAGUAY AND VENEZUELA
التاريخ : 28.11.2018
المصدر : Turkish Presidency Website
المصدر المرئية : Anadolu Agency
التفاصيل : Original Text

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will attend the G20 Leaders’ Summit to be hosted by Argentina on Nov. 30-Dec. 1 2018, and pay official visits to Paraguay and Venezuela on Dec. 2-3, 2018.

The G20 Leaders’ Summit will be an opportunity to review the works carried out to achieve the goal of sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth, which is one of the main items of the global agenda, and to discuss such issues as international trade, development, employment, healthcare, economic and social effects of digitalization, climate change, terrorism and migration.

President Erdoğan is expected to hold bilateral meetings with some of the participating heads of state and government as well as with representatives of international organizations on the summit’s sidelines.

Following the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Buenos Aires, President Erdoğan will pay official visits to Paraguay and Venezuela on Dec. 2-3, 2018.  The Paraguay and Venezuela visits will be the first presidential visits from Turkey to these countries.

Issues on bilateral, regional and international agenda are planned to be discussed, and various agreements, which will enable our bilateral relations to further advance, are expected to be signed during Paraguay and Venezuela visits.

Respectfully announced to the public.

https://www.tccb.gov.tr/en/speeches-statements/558/99819/president-erdogan-to-visit-argentina-paraguay-and-venezuela

“WE WILL NOT ALLOW THOSE WHO WANT TO ESTABLISH ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL HEGEMONY IN THE MEDITERRANEAN”
التاريخ : 27.11.2018
المصدر : Turkish Presidency Website
المصدر المرئية : Turkish Presidency Website
التفاصيل : Original Text

Speaking at AK Party’s Parliamentary Group Meeting, President Erdoğan said: “We will not allow those, who want to establish economic and political hegemony over areas in the Mediterranean, on which they have no rights, by taking advantage of the fact that some countries are dealing with their own domestic issues. We, as Turkey, will not make even the slightest concession from our own theses in the eastern Mediterranean or in any other area. And we will defend our nation’s and friend’s rights to the end.”

President and AK Party Chairman Recep Tayyip Erdoğan delivered a speech at Parliamentary Group Meeting of the Justice and Development (AK) Party.

“We are going through an era of significant developments both in our country and in our region and in the world,” President Erdoğan said. Highlighting Turkey’s sensitivity regarding its rights in the Mediterranean, Aegean and Cyprus, President Erdoğan said: “Due to the recent hydrocarbon exploration activities in the Mediterranean, the problems in the region have become a matter of greater conflicts of interests. The reckless actions of Greece, backed by some European states, and Southern Cyprus, which act along with it, have become a source of danger and threat to, first and foremost, themselves.”

“WE WILL NOT MAKE EVEN THE SLIGHTEST CONCESSION FROM OUR OWN THESES IN THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN OR IN ANY OTHER AREA”

Drawing attention to the danger, opportunism poses in international relations, President Erdoğan said: “We will not allow those, who want to establish economic and political hegemony over areas in the Mediterranean, on which they have no rights, by taking advantage of the fact that some countries are dealing with their own domestic issues.”

Noting that those, who quake in their boots in the face of the refugee influx, throw their weight around when it comes to oil, natural gas and political gain, President Erdoğan said: “It is hypocritical that those, who do not fulfill their duties to humanity, push all rules and practices for their economic interests. We are not buying these games which have been played against us over and over again in past. We, as Turkey, will not make even the slightest concession from our own theses in the eastern Mediterranean or in any other area. And we will defend our nation’s and friend’s rights to the end.”

“WE WANT THE BLACK SEA TO BECOME A ‘SEA OF PEACE’ AS SOON AS POSSIBLE”

Pointing to the escalating tension in the Black Sea, President Erdoğan said: “It saddens us that the long-standing incidents between Russia and Ukraine, which appeared to have subsided for a while, have rekindled. As a country, which sees both Russia and Ukraine as close friends and wants to carry its deep cooperation with both countries to the future, we want the Black Sea to become a ‘sea of peace’ as soon as possible. Therefore, we reiterate our call to our Russian and Ukrainian friends to resolve their problems through dialogue.”

“TURKEY’S OPERATION EUPHRATES SHIELD BURST THE DAESH BUBBLE IN OUR REGION”

“We have supported ever effort aimed at protecting Syria’s territorial integrity and restoring its political unity,” President Erdoğan said. Noting that when all else pursued their own interests and gains in Syria under the guise of fighting DAESH, Turkey took a risk and took to the field, President Erdoğan said: “We have dealt the heaviest blow to DAESH. It is Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield that has burst the DAESH bubble in our region. And, it is when Turkey has taken the field that everyone has seen what kind of a project the DAESH, which has constantly been pumped up and exaggerated to frighten the world, actually is.” Stating that Turkey has begun to destroy DAESH, President Erdoğan said: “Those, who claim to be against DAESH, have not put up even the slightest fight against it. Today, DAESH still appears to maintain its presence in certain locations in Syria because they want to stage the same play once again.”

https://www.tccb.gov.tr/en/news/542/99809/-we-will-not-allow-those-who-want-to-establish-economic-and-political-hegemony-in-the-mediterranean-

TURKEY AND QATAR PROVE TO BE TRUE FRIENDS, SAYS ERDOGAN
المكان : İstanbul
التاريخ : 26.11.2018
الجهاز الاعلامي : Anadolu Agency
التفاصيل : Original text
المصدر المرئية : AA

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that his country and Qatar have supported one another in hard times, and proved to be a true friend many times.

“Turkish nation showed intense efforts to break the blockade and sanctions targeting its Qatari brothers,” Erdogan said during the 4th meeting of Turkey-Qatar High Strategic Committee in Istanbul.

In June of last year, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain collectively severed ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorist groups.

The Saudi-led axis also imposed a land, sea and air blockade on Qatar, with Riyadh sealing the Abu Samra border crossing linking the two Gulf states.

Erdogan added that Doha was the strongest international supporter of Turkey after the July 15, 2016defeated coup attempt by Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

The meeting held at the Vahdettin Pavilion was jointly presided over by Erdogan and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.

Erdogan also said he was proud by the level of cooperation between the two countries on the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations.

“[Qatar] has stood with us in front of the speculative initiatives targeting our economy in the recent months,” he said and thanked Qatar on behalf of the Turkish nation and himself.

Al-Thani, for his part, also voiced pleasure for the level of bilateral relations and expressed his will to boost cooperation in every field.

Following the meeting Turkish and Qatari ministers signed a strategic cooperation protocol in the fields including transportation, culture, trade and economy.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan, Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan, Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin were also present at the meeting along with Qatari officials.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/turkey-and-qatar-prove-to-be-true-friends-says-erdogan/1322053

TURKISH PRESIDENCY TO HOLD ‘WORLD IS BIGGER THAN 5’ PANEL AHEAD OF G20 SUMMIT
التاريخ : 26.11.2018
المصدر : Directorate of Communications
المصدر المرئية : Anadolu Agency
التفاصيل : Original Text

The G20 Leaders' Summit will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina between November 30-December 1, 2018.

In addition, the new phase of “Today’s Turkey” panels organized by the Turkish Presidency will be held under the title of "World is Bigger than Five" in Buenos Aires on November 27.

During the panel ahead of the G20 Leaders' Summit which will gather the world leaders, many academicians and authors will explain Turkey’s foreign policy to the Argentinian public opinion.

Media representatives, academics, NGOs and think tanks will be among the participants of the panel, which will be held in the center of Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI).

During the panel which will be moderated by Retired Ambassador and CARI’s Eurasian Studies Coordinator, Lila Roldan Vazquez; Assoc. Prof. Hasan Basri Yalçın, Prof. Güven Sak and Prof. Mehmet Necati Kutlu will deliver speeches.

Assoc. Prof. Hasan Basri Yalçın will deliver a speech at the session entitled "Turkey’s Foreign Policy Agenda and UN’s Reform”, while Prof. Güven Sak’s session topic will be "Trade and Investment Difficulties Faced by Turkey and Latin America: G-20’s Importance for the Developing Countries” and Prof. Mehmet Necati Kutlu’s session topic will be "Turkey’s Foreign Policy Towards Latin America following the 2000s".

Nearly 15,000 people including journalists, delegates and organizers are expected to visit Argentina for the G20 Leaders' Summit. More than 3,000 journalists will follow the Summit.

“THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GIVING YOUNG PEOPLE GUNS AND HANDING THEM DRUGS”
التاريخ : 26.11.2018
المصدر : Turkish Presidency Website
المصدر المرئية : Turkish Presidency Website
التفاصيل : Official Translation

Speaking at the International Symposium on Drug Policy and Public Health, President Erdoğan said: “We act as uncompromisingly against drug dealers who steal our children’s health as we do against terrorist organizations who send young people to death. In our eyes, there is no difference between giving young people guns and handing them drugs.”

President Erdoğan delivered a speech at the 2nd International Symposium on Drug Policy and Public Health, organized by the Green Crescent.

“GREEN CRESCENT HAS BECOME A GLOBAL TRADEMARK”

Noting that the Green Crescent, which was established a century ago during the occupation years in order to fight against alcohol and substance addiction that was promoted by the occupying forces, now has become a global trademark, President Erdoğan said: “The Green Crescent grows bigger with every passing day with its 107 branches within Turkey and its offshoots in 41 countries across the world and it continues to gain prestige and recognition in the international arena.”

“IT IS ESSENTIAL TO ELIMINATE THE UNDERLYING CLIMATE THAT ALLOWS BAD HABITS TO TAKE ROOT”

“Surely criminal measures, social rehabilitation programs, treatment services are important and must be done in the best way possible. However, what truly matters is to eliminate the underlying climate that allows bad habits to take root. And it can only be done through education, culture and conveying our civilizational values to new generations and the entire society in the best way possible,” President Erdoğan said.

Underscoring that fighting against addictive substances also means fighting the resources that feed terrorism, President Erdoğan said: “Where there is no terrorist organization, organized crime groups assume the same function. In our eyes, there is no difference between them. One of the most important outcomes of the progress Turkey has made in recent years in the fight against terror is that it has dealt great blows to all kinds of drug trade whether it be transit or consumption-oriented.”

TURKEY’S SUCCESS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TOBACCO PRODUCTS

Stating that Turkey has achieved success on a global scale in the fight against tobacco products, President Erdoğan noted that Turkey now conducts a similar program in the fight against drugs and alcohol, and said: “We are bolstering the physical security of our schools, a major target of drug dealers, with the help of both personnel and technology. Also, we are developing programs in order to raise awareness among all relevant parties, including our administrators, teachers and students. We are also conducting a relentless fight against criminals.”

“We act as uncompromisingly against drug dealers who steal our children’s health as we do against terrorist organizations who send young people to death. In our eyes, there is no difference between giving young people guns and handing them drugs. Today, Turkey is one of the countries, which enforces the heaviest penalties against drug trade,” President Erdoğan said.

https://www.tccb.gov.tr/en/news/542/99791/-there-is-no-difference-between-giving-young-people-guns-and-handing-them-drugs-

WE WILL HELP AND SUPPORT ANYONE, WHO COMES TO TURKEY TO INVEST, WITH ALL OUR MEANS
التاريخ : 24.11.2018
المصدر : Presidency of The Republic of Turkey
التفاصيل : Original text

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan delivered a speech at the closing ceremony of the 17th EXPO held by the Independent Industrialists and Businessmen's Association (MUSIAD).

“WE ARE A NATION THAT DOES NOT HAVE THE STAIN OF COLONIALISM IN ITS PAST”

Pointing out that MUSIAD acts, at every step it takes, with an approach, which takes care of both itself and Turkey, and supports the regions and the companies it is in cooperation with, President Erdoğan stated: “It is the most important feature that separates Turkey from other countries, and the way in which Turkish people do business from others. Since we act with a trade mentality based on not unilateral win but mutual win, we are welcomed wherever we go. As a nation and a state that do not have the stain of colonialism in its past, I believe we make a difference with our approach wherever we go.”

“WE HAVE MADE TURKEY GROW BY 5.8% ANNUALLY”

“The progress, Turkey has achieved in the last 16-17 years, is the most striking example of how far a nation can come when they join hands and work hard,” President Erdoğan underlined, and added: “In this period, we have made our country grow by 5.8% annually despite the global financial crisis and the coup attempt.” Noting that they want to make Turkey become one of the top 10 economies in the world, President Erdoğan said: “Our goal is to become a country which has increased its export volume to $500 billion, national income to $2 trillion and has a say in all areas from design to production, and advance ourselves along with all our friends.”

“ALL OUR RELEVANT INSTITUTIONS, OUR INVESTMENT OFFICE IN PARTICULAR, ARE AT OUR ENTREPRENEURS’ DISPOSAL”

“We will help and support anyone, who comes to Turkey to invest, with all our means,” President Erdoğan further stressed, and added: “MUSIAD is already a good guide on this issue. And, all our relevant institutions, the Investment Office within our Presidency in particular, are at our entrepreneurs’ disposal. Likewise, we have and will continue to help and support our businesspeople who invest abroad. To us, the investments that come to our country from abroad, and the ones that go abroad from our country have the same value.”

https://www.tccb.gov.tr/en/news/542/99772/-we-will-help-and-support-anyone-who-comes-to-turkey-to-invest-with-all-our-means-

OUR WOMEN IN WORKING LIFE HAVE FURTHER STRENGTHENED OUR COUNTRY AND MADE US PROUD WITH THEIR SUCCESS
التاريخ : 23.11.2018
المصدر : Presidency Of The Republic Of Turkey
طريقة الترجمة : Original text

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and First Lady Emine Erdoğan attended the 3rd International Women and Justice Summit, held in Istanbul by Women and Democracy Association with the theme of “Family Empowerment”.

Delivering a speech at the event, President Erdoğan said: “I hope the 3rd International Women and Justice Summit will lead to auspicious outcomes for our country our people, the women and all humanity.”

“A MENTALITY WHICH ISOLATES WOMEN FROM WORKING LIFE AND MEN FROM DOMESTIC LIFE UNDERMINES THE FAMILY CONCEPT”

Praising the summit’s theme “Family Empowerment”, President Erdoğan said: “Woman is both an inseparable part and the engine of the family. In our culture and faith, family is an essential establishment, which is formed and lives under the joint responsibility of man and woman.”

Underlining that both man and woman contribute to, depending on the circumstances, to the division of tasks within the family, President Erdoğan said: “A mentality which isolates women from working life and men from domestic life undermines the family concept.”

“THERE IS NO GENDER DISCRIMINATION IN OUR CULTURE”

Underscoring that there is no gender discrimination in the Turkish people’s cultural background, President Erdoğan said: “Grave sufferings, violations and abuses lie behind the huge debates in the West on human rights, women’s rights, children’s rights and even on animal rights. The more drastic the breakdown is, the bigger the debates and steps taken in that direction get. You cannot find such painful breakdowns in our history. Neither our faith nor our culture would allow that.”

Highlighting the efforts to make sure women, children, the elderly, the people with disabilities and the disadvantaged assume the positions they deserve in the society, President Erdoğan said: “In our era, the female labor force participation rate has risen from 28 % up to 38 % and female employment rate from 21 % to 30 %. Our 9 million 122 thousand women in working life have further strengthened our country and made us proud with their production and success. We not only have provided them justice in working life but also punished in the severest way all kinds of violence against women.”

https://www.tccb.gov.tr/en/news/542/99752/-our-women-in-working-life-have-further-strengthened-our-country-and-made-us-proud-with-their-success-

EXCLUDING TURKEY, DENYING ITS EU CANDIDACY ‘NO USE’: FM
التاريخ : 22.11.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

Making statements excluding Turkey in the EU accession process or denying its candidacy is of "no use", Turkey's foreign minister said on Thursday.

Turkey expects full EU membership and it "shouldn't be faced with political obstacles," Mevlut Cavusoglu said during a joint news conference with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and EU Neighborhood Policy Minister Johannes Hahn in the capital Ankara.

According to Cavusoglu, each political obstacle set by the bloc against Turkey prevents the growth, prosperity and political stability of the EU.

The minister emphasized that the March 18, 2016 refugee deal must be fully implemented, adding that the EU should also carry out some of its obligations as part of the deal.

He said Turkey fulfilled 72 criteria and had six remaining to be able to travel to Schengen countries visa-free. "We will fulfill the remaining criteria soon."

Turkey and the EU signed a refugee deal in March, which aimed to discourage irregular migration through the Aegean Sea by taking stricter measures against human traffickers and improving the conditions of nearly three million Syrian refugees in Turkey.

The March 18 deal also allowed for the acceleration of Turkey’s EU membership bid and visa-free travel for Turkish nationals within the Schengen area.

In a joint statement dated Nov. 29, 2015, the EU and Turkey had confirmed their commitment to re-energize the accession process.

Turkey applied for membership in the European Economic Community (a precursor to the EU) in 1987. It became eligible for EU membership in 1997 and accession talks began in 2005.

However, almost a year later, on Nov. 24, the European Parliament approved a non-binding motion to freeze EU-membership talks with Turkey, in response to post-coup investigations and recent developments in the country including measures taken within the framework of the fight against the PKK and FETO terrorist groups.

Recalling terrorist attacks both in Turkey and in the EU countries in recent years, Cavusoglu said close cooperation against foreign terrorist fighters and elements feeding terrorism in the region would be for the benefit of both the EU and Turkey.

"We expect more concrete support from the EU member states in our counter-terrorism efforts," Turkish FM said.

"The latest decision by the European Court of Justice on the PKK is important.

"The PKK is a terrorist organization and should continue to be on the list of terrorists," Cavusoglu said, warning that the PKK's presence and allowing its symbols in the EU institutions and EU member states "is not something we can accept."

Turkey welcomes the measures taken against the PKK in some European countries especially in Germany and England, said Cavusoglu. "However, these are insufficient."

Last week, the European Court of Justice ruled to keep the PKK on EU's terror list.

The PKK had applied to the court in May 2014 in order to be relieved of the restrictions placed upon it due to the terror attacks it had carried out.

It has been on the EU terror list since 2002.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/-excluding-turkey-denying-its-eu-candidacy-no-use-fm/1318514

PRAISING GEZI PARK PROTESTS IS SUPPORTING TERRORISM
التاريخ : 21.11.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : AA
التفاصيل : Original Text

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that those who praise the 2013 Gezi Park protests are supporters of terror groups like PKK and Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO).

Addressing the 48th mukhtars meeting at the presidential complex, Erdogan said: "Gezi means to stand against all those efforts and projects to develop and take Turkey a step further."

In the summer of 2013, a relatively small demonstration in Istanbul’s Gezi Park grew into a nationwide wave of protests against the government that left eight protesters and a police officer dead.

The government later said the demonstrations were an attempt to overthrow it by FETO members who had infiltrated the the police and courts.

FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup attempt on July 15, 2016 which left 251 people dead and nearly 2,200 injured.

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

Speaking about a European Court of Human Rights ruling demanding the release of Selahattin Demirtas, jailed former co-chairman of pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Erdogan said: "Those terrorists will direct not only their hatred but also their guns to you when you harm their interests."

“Have you ever heard about any statement from any EU body on this individual who provoked the death of 50 innocent civilians through his statements on Oct. 6-8?" he added. 

The civilians were killed during clashes called by Demirtas on Oct. 6-8, 2014.

"We can never take it seriously when countries support PKK, recognized as a terror group by the EU, the murderer of tens of thousands of people -- from newborn babies to 80-year-olds."

Erdogan slammed the countries supporting FETO, saying: "Countries which treat FETO respectfully, should not lecture on democracy."

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/todays-headlines/praising-gezi-park-protests-is-supporting-terrorism/1317758

TURKEY: ERDOGAN SLAMS CRITICS OF GEZİ DETENTIONS
التاريخ : 20.11.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : Anadolu Agency
طريقة الترجمة : Original Text

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday hit back of critics of the detention of people linked to the 2013 Gezi park protests.

Erdogan said that 13 people recently detained have links to "the person who is in the position of financing the Gezi Park protesters, and also is in prison right now."

On Nov. 17, the 13 people were detained on suspicion of financing the Gezi Park protests. Three of them were later released.

Erdogan said that there are people in both Turkey and abroad who funded the protests, which the government has called a coup attempt.

Some circles in the Western world have criticized the detentions, he added.

In summer 2013, relatively small demonstrations in Istanbul’s Gezi Park grew into a nationwide wave of protests that left eight protesters and a police officer dead.

The government later said the demonstrations were part of an attempt to overthrow it by members of Fetullah Gulen’s “parallel state” in the police and court system.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/turkey-erdogan-slams-critics-of-gezi-detentions/1316489

TURKSTREAM GAS CONDUIT OFFSHORE SECTION COMPLETE
المكان : Istanbul
التاريخ : 19.11.2018
الجهاز الاعلامي : Anadolu Agency
التفاصيل : Original Text

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin attended Monday a ceremony marking the completion of the construction of the offshore section of the TurkStream project, a gas pipeline that will carry Russian gas to Turkey and Europe.

Speaking at the ceremony, Erdogan said that TurkStream natural gas project had many advantages not only for Turkey, but also for its region, neighboring countries.

Erdogan called Russia a "reliable' partner for Turkey" and an "important" natural gas provider that Turkey can cooperate with in the long run.

TurkStream natural gas pipeline project will be ready to operate in 2019 after tests are carried out, said President Erdogan.

Erdogan said Turkey's goal was to reach a bilateral trade volume of $100B with Russia, adding that Turkey purchased 387 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Russia since 1987.

President Erdogan said Turkey's solidarity with Russian president and people will pave way for bigger projects for both countries in the future.

On his part, Russian President Putin said his country wanted to reach $100 billion bilateral trade volume with Turkey.

Putin said the TurkStream will make Turkey an "important" center of natural gas and enhance the country in the region.

He said materializing such a project would be impossible without the mutual trust between the two countries.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/top-headline/turkstream-gas-conduit-offshore-section-complete-/1315423

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR ALTUN RESPONDS TO FRENCH MINISTER’S REMARKS ON KHASHOGGI CASE
التاريخ : 12.11.2018
المصدر : Directorate of Communications
المصدر المرئية : DoC
طريقة الترجمة : Summary Translation

Communications Director of Turkish Presidency Prof. Fahrettin Altun issued a written statement for AFP News Agency on the remarks of French Minister Yves Le Drian concerning the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Altun noted that French Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian's most recent comments on Turkey’s handling of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder did not reflect the facts, and continued:
"We find it unacceptable that he accused President Erdoğan of ‘playing political games’. Let us not forget that this case would have been already covered up had it not been for Turkey’s determined efforts. The fact that Turkey shared evidence pertaining to Jamal Khashoggi’s murder with officials from a large number of friendly nations obviously shows Turkey's intentions to bring the truth to light. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed in a press release today that Turkey gave them the evidence."
Altun added that France was no exception and that Turkey shared evidence pertaining to the Khashoggi murder with the relevant agencies of the French government. Statement continued as follows:
"On October 24, a representative of the French intelligence has listened to the audio recording and detailed information including a transcript of said audio. If there is miscommunication between the French government’s various agencies, it is up to the French authorities not Turkey to take care of that problem. Turkey is committed to shedding light on all aspects of the Khashoggi murder including who ordered the hit, and we urge all members of the international community, including France, to take steps necessary to reach that goal."
 

FROM PARIS TO PALERMO: EU SEEKING SOLUTION FOR LIBYA?
التاريخ : 12.11.2018
المصدر : Anadolu Agency
المصدر المرئية : Anadolu Agency
طريقة الترجمة : Original Text

Europe has been faced with a huge migration crisis due to a mass migration flow from war-torn Middle Eastern and North African countries since 2011. In fact, members of the European Union had already started to reconsider their immigration policies with the increasing presence of North African migrants in the EU member states causing European citizenry to perceive migrants as a burden on their economies and a threat to their security. This reconsideration came particularly after the 9/11 terror attacks on the U.S. and the following Al-Qaeda bombings in Madrid (2004) and London (2005). The migration issue, which has since evolved into a “terror threat” from once being a perceived cultural threat, had already been accepted as an issue of national security and part of high politics in the EU when it was included as the fourth pillar of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EMP) in 2005.

In the period of political turmoil and homegrown violence that ensued from the Arab Spring of 2011, the Mediterranean became a mass grave for many refugees who risked life and limb traveling across its waters with prospects of a more secure life in Europe. This new wave of migration flow from the EU’s southern neighbors not only led to discussions on the necessity of a real common migration policy for the EU with the appropriate tools to regulate the flow of migrants -- including visa quotas distributed among EU states -- as well as a willingness to share responsibility for the settlement of refugees and an acceptance of refugee claims, but also reopened the debate on the integration of immigrants into their societies.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/africa/from-paris-to-palermo-eu-seeking-solution-for-libya/1309258

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

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
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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
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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
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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