Turkey to make ‘final offer’ to EU on visa-free travel

13 April 2017 0

Foreign minister says Turkey needs to get pledged visa-free travel, will decide how to proceed after Sunday’s referendum Ankara will offer a “final” deal to the European Union on visa-free travel after Turkey’s constitutional referendum just a few days away, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday. “We will make our final offer to the EU after April 16,” Cavusoglu said in the Mediterranean province of Antalya. “We will then decide how to proceed and make Read More

Turkey completes over half of Syria border barrier

11 April 2017 0

Concrete wall security project will be 826km (513 miles) long when completed Turkey’s Defense Ministry on Tuesday said more than half of a security wall along the country’s border with Syria had been finished. The ministry said 556 kilometers (345 miles) of the “physical security systems project” had been built. Turkey shares a nearly 900-kilometer (559 mile) border with war-torn Syria. The barrier’s construction is being carried out with the aid of Turkey’s TOKI housing Read More

Turkish official elected to leading UEFA body

5 April 2017 0

Turkish Football Federation’s Servet Yardimci to serve four-year term on powerful Executive Committee A Turkish football official was elected to UEFA’s powerful 17-member Executive Committee on Wednesday. Servet Yardimci, the Turkish Football Federation’s First Deputy Chairman, was elected at a UEFA Congress held in Helsinki, Finland. Yardimci was born in Rize, on Turkey’s Black Sea coast. Previously, the 60-year-old administrator was an executive at top-flight Turkish club Rizespor and held several positions at the Turkish Read More

Post-referendum rally in Turkish lira seen as likely

5 April 2017 0

A Yes victory in Turkey’s April 16 constitutional referendum will likely boost the Turkish lira, said a senior financial analyst Wednesday. Timothy Ash, a senior emerging market strategist at London-based BlueBay Asset Management, said a Yes victory would likely support the lira against foreign currencies and push Turkey’s Central Bank to sharply reduce its key rates. “If the outcome of the referendum on the 16th is market friendly, I think the currency could strengthen and Read More

Turkish athlete wins world fencing gold in first

2 April 2017 0

Ibrahim Ahmed Acar, 17, brings home Turkey’s first gold medal in fencing, a month after winning European competition Ibrahim Ahmed Acar on Saturday became the first Turkish fencer to be crowned world champion, Turkey’s Fencing Federation has announced. Acar, 17, made history at this year’s World Cadet and Junior Fencing Championships in Bulgaria after beating his American rival Christopher Walker 15-13 at the final. The victory comes only a month after Acar brought Turkey its Read More

Turkish exports go up in March

1 April 2017 0

Turkey’s exports in March total $13.6 billion, an increase of 19 percent year-on-year. Turkey’s exports have increased for a third straight month in March, data from the Exporters’ Assembly of Turkey (TIM) revealed on Saturday. Turkish exports in March have increased 19 percent year-on-year, the highest rise since November 2012, according to TIM. Exports totaled $13.6 billion last month and reached $37 billion for the first three months up from $34.7 billion in 2016, which Read More

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