Turkey says German MPs’ Incirlik visit ‘not possible’

31 May 2017 0

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has made it clear that Turkey will not open its Incirlik airbase to German lawmakers who want to meet German soldiers stationed there unless Germany takes some “positive steps”. German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday threatened Turkey that Germany would withdraw soldiers from the airbase if their MPs were not allowed the visit. Speaking at a news conference with his Gabonese counterpart Pacome Moubelet Boubeya on Tuesday, Cavusoglu said the visit Read More

Turkey to send 15,000 tons of aid to Somalia in Ramadan

27 May 2017 0

Turkey is set to deliver 15,000 tons of humanitarian aid to Somalia during the holy month of Ramadan. Speaking to Anadolu Agency in southern Mersin province, Kerem Kinik, the president of the Turkish Red Crescent aid organization, or Kizilay, said the humanitarian ship will depart from Mersin port within two days. “This aid will be sent to all the regions in Somalia. There is 1,000 trucks-loaded humanitarian aid in this ship,” Kinik said. Somalia is Read More

Turkey’s Diyanet forms strategy to tackle Islamophobia

13 May 2017 0

New strategy to gather Muslim pioneers in Europe, arrange meetings with non-Muslim communities: Diyanet head Mehmet Gormez Turkey’s top religious affairs body has formed a two-pronged common strategy to fight against Islamophobia in Europe, head of the body said on Saturday. In an interview with Anadolu Agency, Diyanet head Mehmet Gormez said the new strategy would gather Muslim pioneers in Europe and arrange meetings with non-Muslim communities. He said Diyanet would organize the first meeting Read More

Turkish army conducts airstrikes in N Iraq, SE Turkey

4 May 2017 0

The Turkish Air Force has conducted operations against the terrorist group PKK in northern Iraq and southeastern Turkey, the military said on Thursday. In a statement, the Turkish General Staff said the airstrikes were conducted in the Cukurca countryside and in Iraq’s Zap region, destroying four weapon emplacements, two caves and several shelters. The Turkish General Staff said the military had detected during an early morning air-backed operation in the Cukurca district of Hakkari province Read More

Turkey pleased by Trump’s approach’

19 April 2017 0

Turkey is pleased by the way U.S. Donald Trump is approaching issues, and would like a sit-down meeting to discuss the bilateral partnership, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday, calling the U.S. and Turkey allies. “The way President Trump is approaching matters is encouraging, makes us happy,” Erdogan told CNN International in an exclusive interview. “We are going to sit down and determine a roadmap as two strategic partners, the United States and Turkey, Read More

Dozens of Daesh suspects arrested in Istanbul

15 April 2017 0

Detainees accused of planning ‘sensational’ attack ahead of Sunday’s referendum Police on Saturday arrested 49 Daesh suspects allegedly planning a “sensational” act of terror ahead of Turkey’s constitutional referendum on Sunday. The suspects, including 41 foreign nationals, were taken into custody during simultaneous raids in seven districts across Istanbul including Basaksehir, Beylikduzu, Fatih, Esenyurt, Kartal, Kucukcekmece and Pendik, a security source said. During the operation, police also seized three handguns — two for firing blanks Read More

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 Airlines implements electronic device measure

25 March 2017 0

Passengers cannot carry electronic devices larger than cell phones aboard plane Turkish Airlines Saturday have begun to implement regulations forbidding passengers from carrying electronic devices larger than cell phones aboard the plane, as announced on the airline’s website on Friday. According to an Anadolu Agency reporter present at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkish Airlines personnel have taken passengers’ electronic devices such as tablets and laptops at the boarding gate and stored them in special Read More

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