Turkey slams Austria for steps against mosques, imams

8 June 2018 0

Turkey reacts after Austria says 7 mosques to be closed, 40 imams to be expelled as part of ‘political Islam’ crackdown Turkey on Friday slammed Austria over its decision to shut down seven mosques and expel 40 imams. In a written statement, the Foreign Ministry said it “regretted” the Austrian move against the mosques and the decision to not grant residence permits to religious officials sent from Turkey to Austria. “We condemn Austrian politicians, especially Read More

Erdogan, pope talk joint efforts against Islamophobia

5 February 2018 0

Meeting with Pope Francis on Monday, Turkey’s president pointed to the harm that would result from the recent U.S. decision on Jerusalem, stressing that it should never be put into practice. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s one-on-one meeting with Francis at the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican was “extremely amicable,” according to presidential sources. During the meeting, the two leaders discussed Jerusalem, the ongoing refugee crisis, and developments in the Mideast, primarily Syria, as well as Read More

Erdogan urges people to learn from Turkey’s history

26 August 2017 0

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Saturday to end terrorism in the country by following in the footsteps of Turkey’s ancestors. Addressing thousands of people in eastern Mus province during a ceremony to mark the 946th anniversary of Battle of Malazgirt, Erdogan called on Turkish people to better understand the meaning of their key historic victories, particularly the Malazgirt victory. The Battle of Malazgirt, also known as Battle of Manzikert, of Aug. 26, 1071 saw Read More

Turkish president reiterates calls over German election

19 August 2017 0

Erdogan calls on ethnic Turks to vote for those who are ‘not hostile to Turkey’ Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated on Saturday his call on ethnic Turks living in Germany to vote for those who are “not hostile to Turkey” in the upcoming elections to be held in September. On Friday, Erdogan had called on ethnic Turks not to support major parties including “the Christian Democrats, the SPD [Social Democratic Party] or the Greens,” Read More

Turkish, US presidents likely to discuss Gulf crisis

13 June 2017 0

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is likely to discuss ongoing Gulf crisis with U.S. President Donald Trump in the next few days. “In the coming days, I think Trump and our president will also discuss [Gulf crisis]. [US Secretary of State] Tillerson said on the phone, ‘Trump wants to discuss with President Erdogan’,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said. Talking to media representatives at Turkish parliament, Cavusoglu said they are contacting everyone regarding the crisis Read More

Germany decides to withdraw troops from Incirlik

7 June 2017 0

Germany’s government decided Wednesday to withdraw troops from Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base amid political tensions between Berlin and Ankara. Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen told reporters after Wednesday’s cabinet meeting German troops stationed in the southern Turkish base would be moved to a military facility in Jordan over the coming months. Von der Leyen said the relocation would be carried out in stages in order to avoid an interruption in Germany’s support for the Read More

Germany sees no quick normalization with Turkey

6 June 2017 0

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Tuesday he did not expect a rapid normalization of ties between Germany and Turkey, due to significant differences on major issues. Speaking to public radio Deutschlandfunk a day after his visit to Ankara, Gabriel said his last-ditch effort to resolve the Incirlik Air Base row had not yet yielded any positive results, and German troops at the facility would be relocated to Jordan. “Yesterday, I … telephoned [German defense minister] Read More

US’ Trump congratulates Erdogan on referendum win

17 April 2017 0

U.S. President Donald Trump Monday congratulated his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call for the Yes win in the weekend referendum. According to Turkish presidential sources, Trump telephoned Erdogan to laud Sunday’s historic victory.  A written statement on the interview is expected to be issued soon, the sources added.  On Sunday, a majority of Turkish voters cast ballots in favor of 18 constitutional amendments that will, among other things, see Turkey switch Read More

Voting ends in 32 eastern provinces of Turkey

16 April 2017 0

Polling began at 7 a.m. local time (0400GMT) to take earlier daylight hours into account Voting in 32 eastern provinces of Turkey ended at 4.00 p.m. local time (1300GMT) on Sunday. Voting in the rest of the country is due to continue to 5.00 p.m. local time (1400GMT). A referendum is being held on an 18-article constitutional reform bill that would shift the country from a parliamentary to a presidential system. The 32 provinces are Read More

More than 55M Turks to vote in historic referendum

15 April 2017 0

Turkey could adopt new constitution to replace the current one, adopted after 1980 military coup More than 55 million Turkish citizens will vote Sunday on the April 16 referendum proposing constitutional changes, including giving wide-ranging executive powers to the president. Citizens will go to over 167,000 polling stations nationwide. Over 1 million of them are first-time voters who recently turned 18. Inmates — except for the criminals who are convicted for intentional crime — will Read More

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