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Turkish Press Review, 05-07-18
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From: Turkish Directorate General of Press and Information <http://www.byegm.gov.tr><LINK href="http://www.byegm.gov.tr_yayinlarimiz_chr_pics_css/tpr.css" rel=STYLESHEET type=text/css> e-mail : email@example.com <caption> <_caption> Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning
18.07.2005ERDOGAN, PUTIN DISCUSS BILATERAL RELATIONS IN RUSSIA GUL TO COMMEMORATE PEACE OPERATION IN TRNC AZERBAIJAN SENDS DEPUTIES TO TRNC TO MARK 31ST ANNIVERSARY OF PEACE OPERATION IRAQI INTERIOR MINISTER: “WE’LL ALWAYS STAND BY TURKEY IN ITS FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM” AGAR CRITICIZES GOVT OVER “WEAK” ANTI-TERROR EFFORTS ITALIAN OPPOSITION LEADER TO VISIT ANKARA ISRAELI AMBASSADOR: “TURKS ARE VERY LUCKY TO HAVE HAD SUCH A GREAT LEADER LIKE ATATURK” ISAF CMDR. ERDAGI: “TURKISH TROOPS WON’T PARTICIPATE IN DIRECT ANTI-TERROR OPERATIONS IN AFGHANISTAN” BABACAN: “OUR ECONOMY IS THE WORLD’S NEW SHINING STAR” FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS… TURKISH-RUSSIAN RELATIONS BY SEMIH IDIZ (MILLIYET)
 ERDOGAN, PUTIN DISCUSS BILATERAL RELATIONS IN RUSSIAPrime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is currently in the Russian Federation for an official visit, yesterday met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to discuss a number of issues, including economic and trade ties between the two countries and regional issues. Speaking at a joint press conference before their meeting, Putin thanked Erdogan for visiting Russia and said that cooperation between Ankara and Moscow was rising, adding that the trade volume between the two countries had exceeded $10 billion. “I believe the trade volume between our two countries will reach $25 billion within a few years,” predicted Putin, adding that cooperation between the two countries wasn’t limited to the economic sector alone. “We also cooperate in fields such as investment, energy and technology,” said the Russian leader. For his part, Erdogan thanked Putin for his invitation and praised the strengthening political, trade and cultural ties between the two countries, adding that he hoped this trend would continue. The two leaders later met at a dinner hosted by Putin where they discussed investment, trade, the Cyprus issue, terrorism, and Turkey’s European Union membership bid. /Turkiye/
 GUL TO COMMEMORATE PEACE OPERATION IN TRNCTomorrow the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) is set to hold ceremonies marking the 31st anniversary of the 1974 Peace Operation which brought peace and stability to the island. Prior to the official ceremonies, social and cultural activities are expected to start today on Turkish Cyprus. Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul is due to attend the ceremonies with an accompanying delegation. The TRNC will also host many European figures in the ceremonies. /Star/
 AZERBAIJAN SENDS DEPUTIES TO TRNC TO MARK 31ST ANNIVERSARY OF PEACE OPERATIONAzerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev yesterday sent a delegation of eight deputies to the Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) to attend ceremonies marking the 31st anniversary of the 1974 Peace Operation. Speaking at Ataturk International Airport, Azerbaijani Deputy Hadi Recebli said that this was the very first visit of Azerbaijani parliamentarians to the TRNC and that it was a historic event. The deputies will meet with their Turkish Cypriot counterparts as well with TRNC President Mehmet Ali Talat. In related news, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he appreciated Aliyev’s actions, hailing it as an important step in recognizing the TRNC. Just last week, in another crack in the TRNC’s isolation, a private Azerbaijani airline announced it would introduce direct flights from Baku to the TRNC’s Ercan Airport. /Turkiye/
 IRAQI INTERIOR MINISTER: “WE’LL ALWAYS STAND BY TURKEY IN ITS FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM”Speaking at a press conference in Ankara yesterday, Iraqi Interior Minister Beyan Bagr Sulag said that Iraq would always stand by the Turkish nation and government in their fight against terrorism, adding that such terrorism was unacceptable. Sulag, who is currently in Ankara to attend a meeting, also criticized a wave of terrorist attacks in Iraq, saying that recently over 100 civilians had died in his country due to these attacks. /Turkiye/
 AGAR CRITICIZES GOVT OVER “WEAK” ANTI-TERROR EFFORTSSpeaking in Trabzon yesterday, True Path Party (DYP) leader Mehmet Agar criticized the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, claiming that its efforts against terrorism are “weak.” “Recently terrorist attacks in Turkey have risen due to this weakness,” said Agar, adding that the terrorist group PKK_KADEK was also supported by foreign countries. “I believe that the Turkish nation will overcome this hardship.” /Cumhuriyet/
 ITALIAN OPPOSITION LEADER TO VISIT ANKARAItalian opposition leader Piero Fassino is due to arrive in Ankara tomorrow upon the invitation of main Turkish opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal. During his visit, Fassino and Baykal will discuss a number of issues, including Turkey’s European Union membership bid and international issues, said a CHP written statement. Fassino will also meet with Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul to discuss Turkey’s EU bid. /Turkiye/
 ISRAELI AMBASSADOR: “TURKS ARE VERY LUCKY TO HAVE HAD SUCH A GREAT LEADER LIKE ATATURK”Israeli Ambassador to Ankara Pinchas Avivi over the weekend expressed his sorrow over the latest terrorist attacks on Turkey. On a trip to the Eastern Black Sea region with his family, Avivi also stated that it is Ataturk who first comes to mind when people mention Turkey. “Turks are very lucky to have had such a great leader,” he said. “There are many leaders in the world, but eternal ones like Ataturk are very rare.” Expressing his solidarity with Turkey in the face of recent attacks, Avivi stressed, “Countries should unite to fight global terrorism and establish a joint platform to take more effective measures against terrorists.” /Hurriyet/
 ISAF CMDR. ERDAGI: “TURKISH TROOPS WON’T PARTICIPATE IN DIRECT ANTI-TERROR OPERATIONS IN AFGHANISTAN”Gen. Ethem Erdagi, commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, over the weekend stated that Turkish troops deployed in Afghanistan would not participate in direct anti-terror operations in the region. Turkey took over the ISAF command for a second term on Feb. 13 and will hand it over to Italy on Aug. 4. “During our command, the number of terrorist attacks has fallen,” Gen. Erdagi said. “Turkish soldiers have a special place in Afghan people’s hearts because the two nations have close historic and cultural ties, which were in particular reinforced during Ataturk’s time.” /Hurriyet/
 BABACAN: “OUR ECONOMY IS THE WORLD’S NEW SHINING STAR”Speaking at a festival in the northern province of Giresun, State Economy Minister Ali Babacan yesterday hailed the Turkish economy as “the new shining star of the world,” saying that nothing stood in the way of Turkey’s success. “The key to economic success is trust,” said Babacan, adding that the nation has ample resources. “If we trust in ourselves and win the world’s confidence, there is no reason why we can’t succeed.” /Aksam/
 FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…
 TURKISH-RUSSIAN RELATIONS BY SEMIH IDIZ (MILLIYET)Columnist Semih Idiz comments on Turkish-Russian relations. A summary of his column is as follows:
“We are in Sochi, a Black Sea vacation resort, for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Up to now, the two leaders have reportedly focused on the issue of international terrorism and discussed the Cyprus issue.
After last week’s terrorist attacks in London, the issue of global terrorism has become more important to both countries. Both Turkey and Russia have been fighting terrorists for a long time. While we are familiar with the PKK terrorism, Russians also know this phenomenon very well due to Chechen terrorists. In addition, the occupation of Iraq and the latest developments in the region are very important to both countries. Neither Moscow nor Ankara is happy to see US forces in the region. Furthermore, both Moscow and Ankara are closely following political developments in the Central Asian countries.
As for the Cyprus issue, Erdogan is very likely to ask Putin why Russia blocked the latest Cyprus report prepared by the UN secretary-general. Moscow once supported the Annan plan. Therefore Ankara believes that Russians can play an active role in the international community to help Turkey end the isolation of Turkish Cyprus.
Those are some of the political issues that we expect the two leaders will talk about. Moreover, there are also economic issues to be debated by the two. The value of bilateral economic cooperation between Turkey and Russia is believed to be $14-15 billion, and the bilateral trade volume stands at some $11 billion. The recent fruit and vegetable import crisis between the two countries showed that the leaders of both countries must work harder to improve their commercial cooperation. This meeting marks the fourth visit between Erdogan and Putin since last December. It may be an exaggeration to call our bilateral relations strategic partnership, but Turkish-Russian relations have already grown in importance to the extent that they affect the entire region.”
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