Istanbul to get environmentally friendly electric taxis for first time
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27.7.2017 00:00:00


In light of pressing issues such as climate change and air pollution, Istanbul unveiled its first electric taxis on Friday morning.



Three electric taxis will hit the streets of Istanbul this week, with around 500-600 more cabs planned to enter service by the end of 2017.

Beyoğlu Mayor Ahmet Misbah Demircan attended the event to learn about the new vehicles at a meeting of the Chamber of Istanbul Taxi Drivers in Taksim Square.

Noting that the city needs more environmentally-friendly vehicles, Demircan said, "It's clear that the mankind needs vehicles that are more sustainable, more sensitive to the environment and less polluting in the world. It's beautiful that Turkish taxi drivers have such sensitivity to this issue."

After learning more about the vehicles from the drivers present at the ceremony, Demircan made a quick tour of the square in one of the electric taxis.

Sales representative Viacheslav Luchnykov explained that the taxis can travel 300 kilometers on a fully charged battery, with a top speed of 140 kilometers per hour.

Noting that the vehicles' slim profile and spacious interior make them ideal for the roads and traffic of Istanbul, Luchnykov added that they have made special discounts for the prices.

"We prepared a package deal that includes everything for the drivers." Luchnykov said, adding that the exclusive deal allows drivers to make monthly payments and enables them to benefit from the periodic maintenance of the vehicle, charge stations, motor insurance and roadside assistance.

EU, Turkey reflect on high-level meeting
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26.7.2017 00:00:00
Erdogan urges 'immediate' end to Al-Aqsa restrictions
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23.7.2017 00:00:00

Turkish president condemns use of excessive force at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa compound by Israeli forces

Turkey’s President Erdogan on Saturday called for an immediate end to Israel’s new restrictions at the compound of Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque.


"Metal detectors and other restrictions should be immediately lifted and returned to the status quo. Everyone should be guard against provocations at this sensitive time," Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a written statement.


“As the summit term president of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation [OIC], I call for the international community to act to immediate end practices that restrict freedom of worship.”


Erdogan said that Israel shutting down the Al-Aqsa compound last week for three days, and then imposing new restrictions -- including placing metal detectors at the entrance -- and citing the deadly July 14 shootout to justify this, is "unacceptable."


"As OIC Term President, I condemn Israeli forces’ use of excess force on our brothers gathered for Friday prayer, the Friday prayer not being allowed in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, and Israel’s persistence in its attitude despite all warnings," he said.


Erdogan added: "I wish Allah's mercy upon our three brothers who lost their lives” in yesterday’s violence.


He also wished a speedy recovery to the hundreds of wounded, saying that Turkey is against every type of violence.


He called on Israel to respect the holiness and historical status of the Al-Aqsa compound, saying this is its legal duty.


Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag also reacted Israeli restrictions on Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque on his official Twitter account, condemning Israeli government's "disrespect to Muslims' place of worship".


Bozdag said Islamic countries must be united against Israeli government's "unjust, disrespectful and unlawful" attitudes.


The restrictions and obstacles Israeli government imposed on all Muslims, particularly on Palestinians, can never be tolerated, Bozdag said.


He went on to say that international community and organizations should also say ''stop'' to Israeli government's disrespectful and aggressive attitude.


Anger over restrictions

Anger has spilled over across the West Bank since last week when Israel shut the Al-Aqsa Mosque, revered by both Muslims and Jews, who call it Temple Mount, following a deadly shootout.


The mosque was reopened after a two-day closure, with Israel installing metal detectors at the mosque gates, which Palestinians say aim to change the status quo -- a delicate balance of prayer and visiting rights.


Israel, for its part, has refused to remove the detectors, claiming the security measures are similar to procedures taken at other holy sites around the world.


Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War.

It later annexed the city in 1980, claiming all of Jerusalem as the Jewish state’s "eternal" capital -- a move never recognized by the international community.


Sacred to Muslims, Jews, and Christians, Jerusalem is home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which for Muslims represents the world's third-holiest site.


Erdogan, Macron discuss Al-Aqsa, Gulf row

Separately, Erdogan had a phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron, presidential sources said on Saturday.


The two leaders voiced their concerns over the restrictions at Al-Aqsa as well as tension due to the losses of life.


Erdogan and Macron agreed to work together to ensure peace and resolve the problem, added the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.


The two leaders also discussed the ongoing Gulf crisis ahead of Erdogan’s two-day visit to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar beginning tomorrow.


They said the problem would be solved through dialogue and discussions.

Last month Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and imposed a sea and land blockade while accusing Doha of supporting terrorism.


Doha denies the accusation, calling the blockade a violation of international law.


Turkey has asked Saudi Arabia, as the strongest country in the region, not to allow the crisis to grow into an even bigger one.



As Israel tightens measures around Al Aqsa and tensions rise, here’s a summary of how Palestinians lost their lands when the state of Israel was established.
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22.7.2017 00:00:00



The Al Aqsa compound in Jerusalem is at the heart of the decades-long Israeli-Arab conflict. Here's why it matters:




Turks took to the streets on the 'Day of Rage' in support of Palestinians demonstrating against Israel's new security measures at Al Aqsa Mosque, in Jerusalem.


Bosnia bids farewell to 23 more war victims
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21.7.2017 00:00:00

The remains of 23 Bosniaks killed by Serb forces in the northwestern Bosnian town of Prijedor in 1992 were buried on Thursday.

A collective funeral saw relatives of the victims and a large number of citizens gather at the Poljana Stadium near Prijedor.

President of the Islamic Community in Croatia, Aziz Hasanovic, told mourners the second-largest massacre during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War was in Prijedor, adding the international community had preferred to close its eyes.

More than 5,200 Bosniaks -- including 4,093 civilians -- were killed, according to Bosnia’s Missing Persons Institute.

Around 2,000 victims have been located and identified so far in 100 mass graves in Prijedor and surrounding areas. The bodies of 777 victims of the massacre have yet to be found.

Mayor of Prijedor Milenko Djakovic, a Serb, also participated in Thursday’s funeral.

Speaking at the ceremony, Djakovic said he attended for people to live in peace and harmony in Prijedor.

Eighteen-year-old Ifet Vojnikovic was the youngest victim to be buried at this year's funeral, while Sefir Hegic, 72, was the oldest.

After funeral prayers, the 23 victims were buried in village cemeteries.

Prijedor was the site of numerous war crimes carried out against Bosniak civilians by Bosnian Serb forces during the war.

Between April 1992 and December 1995, an estimated 100,000 people were killed and 2.2 million displaced in Bosnia. Up to 50,000 women, mostly Bosniak, were raped.

The Bosnian War was sparked by the break-up of Yugoslavia, which led Bosnia to declare its independence in February 1992.

Its capital Sarajevo came under attack from Bosnian Serb militias, backed by the Yugoslav army, in what became the longest siege in modern history.

Germany's new approach to Turkey 'out of question'
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21.7.2017 00:00:00

The spokesman for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday condemned Germany’s decision to toughen its stance on Turkey.

In televised remarks, Ibrahim Kalin commented on Berlin’s decision to reset relations with Turkey, including warning its citizens and companies about visiting or investing in the country.

“It is out of the question,” Kalin said, referring to German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel’s claims that German nationals risked arrest if traveling to Turkey. “We strongly condemn it.”

On Thursday, German opposition lawmakers sought a tougher approach to Turkey following the arrests of German citizens for allegedly supporting terrorist organizations.

Kalin, speaking at a news conference in Ankara, said Germany’s new position was dictated by domestic politics, with elections due in September.

“We believe those unfortunate remarks are investments for internal politics in the upcoming elections in Germany,” he told journalists.

The spokesman added that Germany was a key trade partner for Turkey. “Has there been any investigation so far into a German company in Turkey?” he asked.

Promising that Turkey would not allow “efforts to overshadow economic relations” for political reasons, he added: “Bringing doubt into the minds of German investors in Turkey is unacceptable.”

Kalin also addressed rising tensions in Jerusalem, where heightened security measures around Al-Aqsa Mosque have led to clashes between Israeli security forces and Muslim worshippers.

“We have great concerns,” he said, stressing that such purported security or counter-terrorism restrictions were “unacceptable”.

Referring to Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, who was injured by a plastic bullet on Tuesday as police dispersed worshippers, Kalin added: “It is inhuman. They just want to pray in their holy place.”

He underlined that the mosque -- the third holiest site in Islam -- was not the “property of Israel”.


- US terror report

The spokesman also criticized a recent U.S. State Department report on terrorism that mentioned the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), which Turkey holds responsible for last year’s defeated coup, but failed to explain the group.

“We care about it,” he said. “However, we should say the report fails in explaining FETO's nature.”

According to the U.S. Country Reports on Terrorism: “Turkey’s National Security Council designated the religious movement of self-exiled Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen a terrorist organization on May 26, referring to it as the ‘Fethullah Terrorist Organization’ (‘FETO’).

"The government asserts that the Gulen movement planned and led the July 15 coup attempt, which killed more than 240 people and injured more than 2,100 people, and included attacks on the parliament.

“The government instituted a three-month state of emergency on July 21, subsequently extending it another three months on Oct. 19.

“According to government sources, as of Nov. 22, more than 86,000 civil servants were dismissed from public service via government-issued state of emergency decrees following the coup attempt for their alleged affiliation with, or support of, ‘FETO’.

“As of Oct. 8, authorities had arrested nearly 35,000 suspects on charges related to Gulen affiliation. The Gulf Cooperation Council designated ‘FETO’ a terrorist organization on Oct. 13. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation did the same on Oct. 19.”

Ankara has accused FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen of having plotted the coup attempt, which martyred 250 people and injured nearly 2,200 others.

FETO is also accused of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.

Kalin reiterated Turkey's expectation that the U.S. and European countries would extradite FETO members, including Gulen.

Erdogan will begin a tour of Gulf nations on Sunday, his spokesman added, meeting the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar.

Pointing to Turkey's efforts to find a solution to the crisis between Qatar and neighboring states, he said the “constructive roles of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are significant.”

'Israeli restrictions at Al-Aqsa unacceptable'
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21.7.2017 00:00:00

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday discussed growing tensions in Jerusalem with Palestinian and Israeli presidents, following the new Israeli restrictions on Palestinians' entry into Al-Aqsa Mosque.



Erdogan called President Mahmoud Abbas early Thursday morning, according to sources from the Turkish president’s office, and expressed his concerns to his Palestinian counterpart

"Any restriction on Muslims entering Al-Aqsa Mosque is unacceptable," Erdogan said. "The protection of the Islamic character and sanctity of Al-Quds [Jerusalem] and Al-Haram al-Sharif [Al-Aqsa Mosque complex] is important for the whole Muslim world."

Israeli authorities closed down the Al-Aqsa compound and cancelled the weekly Friday prayers for the first time in nearly five decades, following a shootout last week that left three Palestinians and two Israeli policemen dead near the flashpoint holy site in East Jerusalem.

Palestinian news agency WAFA said that during the phone call, Abbas asked Erdogan to request the U.S. to put pressure on Israel, so that it backs down from its latest restriction on Al-Aqsa Mosque. 

Erdogan later called Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and expressed regret over the loss of life during the incident, according to presidential sources. 

He told Rivlin that Muslims should be able to enter Al-Aqsa without any restrictions, within the framework of freedom of religion and worship.

Rivlin said the measures were put in place for security purposes and assured Erdogan that there would be no change in the status of Haram al-Sharif and that religious freedoms would not be restricted.

On Wednesday, Israeli soldiers wounded nine Palestinians and arrested four others during protests against the closure.

Protests began on Sunday after the mosque's leadership called on worshipers to boycott new metal detectors installed at the mosque's entrances. 

Israel has defended the move, claiming they were no different from security measures at other holy sites around the world. 

Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the city in 1980, claiming all of Jerusalem as the Jewish state’s "eternal" capital -- a move never recognized by the international community. 

Sacred to Muslims, Jews, and Christians, Jerusalem is home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which for Muslims represents the world's third holiest site.

Bodies of mother, baby martyred by PKK reach hometown
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1.8.2018 21:13:22


The bodies of a mother and her infant martyred by the terrorist PKK in southeast Turkey arrived in their hometown on Wednesday for funeral services.


Nurcan Karakaya, the wife of a Turkish solder, and her 11-month-old baby boy Bedirhan Mustafa Karakaya were martyred on Tuesday when a roadside bomb planted by PKK terrorists exploded as they moved through the Yuksekova district.



The bodies were sent to Sarkisla in central Turkey's Sivas province, where funeral services are expected within the next day.


The coffins of the mother and the baby boy wrapped in Turkish flags were taken by helicopter to Hakkari airport after a military ceremony at the Mountain and Commando Brigade Command in Yusekova, Hakkari.


Local government officials along with security personnel and political figures attended the ceremony sending off the coffins.


A second ceremony was held at Hakkari's Selahaddin Eyyubi Airport before a military aircraft carried the bodies of the mother and baby to an airport in Kayseri, from where they proceeded to Sivas.


The mother died on the spot, while the 11-month-old succumbed to his wounds at the Yuksekova Public Hospital.


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 in its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey.





OIC Reaffirms Full Solidarity With Palestine
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19.5.2018 01:39:58


Member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Friday issued a final declaration following an extraordinary Islamic summit conference in Istanbul in response to “the grave developments” in Palestine.


According to the final communique, the leaders from Islamic countries reviewed the alarming situation and growing tensions in the occupied territory of the state of Palestine and expressed their profound appreciation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for calling for convening and hosting “this extraordinary Islamic Summit on an issue of such importance for Ummah”.


Commending the resolutions on the cause of Palestine and al-Quds Al-Sharif, the capital of the state of Palestine, adopted by the 45th Session of Council of Foreign Ministers on 5-6 May 2018 in Dhaka, the OIC declaration also welcomed resolutions adopted on Palestine and Al-Quds al-Sharif by the 29th Arab League Summit in Dhahran and appreciated by naming it as “Al-Quds Summit” by the Custodian of Islam’s two holy mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud.


The declaration emphasized that “the central mission and raison d’etre of the OIC is protecting the City of Al-Quds Al-Sharif, its historic and legal status, its spiritual place, and to take all necessary measures to put an end to the violations committed by Israel and any party that supports this regime and its colonial and racist policies.”


Proceeding from the historical, moral and legal responsibility placed on the Muslim Ummah and in full solidarity with Palestine and its people, the declaration also condemned in the strongest terms the criminal actions of Israeli forces against the Palestinian people.


The OIC states also held “Israel, the occupying power, fully accountable for the grave atrocities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, particularly the latest episode of willful murder of at least 60 civilians, and injuring of nearly 2,700 others on 14 May.”


In the declaration, the OIC said:


– Declare that these acts constitute savage crimes committed by Israeli forces with the backing of the U.S. Administration, including through shielding the Israeli occupation in the UN Security Council from accountability; also note that these crimes have been committed against the backdrop of the illegal decision by the U.S. Administration to officially move its embassy from Israel to the occupied City of Jerusalem, which has further emboldened the Israeli government in its reckless behavior towards civilian Palestinian population.


– Call on the international community, in particular the UN Security Council, to uphold its legal obligations to defend the international law and order as they relate to Palestine; to act in line with its legal and moral obligation to ensure accountability for these unchecked crimes that Israel, the occupying power, is carrying out with impunity; and to put an end to these atrocities, and to provide international protection for the Palestinian people.


– Call for the international protection of the Palestinian population, including through dispatching of international protection force.


– Request the OIC General Secretariat to act immediately to establish an international independent Committee of Experts to investigate the crimes and massacres committed by the Israeli forces against the peaceful and unarmed demonstrators in the Gaza Strip, to determine the culpability of the Israeli officials and communicate the findings to relevant international bodies.


– Call upon the UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly, the UN secretary general, UN Human Rights Council, the special rapporteurs and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to take necessary actions to form an international investigation committee into the recent atrocities in the Gaza Strip, and enable the committee to initiate field investigation, within a precise timeframe, and ensuring enacting a clear mechanism to determine the culpability of the Israeli officials with a view to ensuring justice for the victims and put an end to the impunity of the perpetrators.


– Call on the UN Security Council, the General Assembly and the Human Rights Council to uphold their responsibilities in this regard and invite all countries to mobilize their efforts to bring this issue to the agenda of the UN General Assembly, the UN Security Council, and the Human Rights Council urgently.


– Appreciate the role of the state of Kuwait as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and its immediate reaction to the bloody events in Gaza and its request to the Security Council for an emergency meeting on May 15, 2018, welcoming the Kuwaiti steps by proposing a draft resolution on the protection of civilians regretting the block from the United States for the press statement in response to those unfortunate events.


– Reaffirm the need to coordinate and work together with the international and regional organizations, including the Arab League, the European Union and the African Union on this issue.


– Reaffirm the centrality of the Palestinian cause and the status of Al-Quds Al-Sharif to the Muslim Ummah; renew our principled support for the Palestinian people in their pursuit to attain their inalienable national rights, including their right to self-determination and the establishment of their independent and sovereign Palestinian State on the borders of June 4, 1967, with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital; and invite all countries to officially recognize the State of Palestine.


– Reiterate our rejection of the illegal decision of the president of the United States to recognize Al-Quds as the so-called capital of Israel, the occupying power; reject it as legally null and void and violation of international legitimacy resolutions; consider it an assault on the historical, legal, natural and national rights of the Palestinian people and a deliberate attempt to undermine all peace prospects, threatening international peace and security.


– Condemn the inauguration of the U.S. Embassy in Al-Quds and consider it an act of provocation and hostility against the Muslim Ummah, Palestinian national rights and flagrant violations of international law as well as an assault on the international order, including the UN, that further emboldens Israel, the occupying power, to step up its illegal and criminal actions against the Palestinian people.


– Reaffirm our position that Al-Quds shall remain the eternal capital of Palestine and that the inauguration of the U.S. Embassy in Al Quds neither alters the legal status of the occupied City, nor legitimizes its illegal annexation by Israel, the occupying power.


– Affirm support for the historical Hashemite Custodianship assumed by His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussain on Muslim and Christian holy sites in Al-Quds, which was reaffirmed by the agreement signed between His Majesty King Abdullah II and His Excellency Mahmud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine on March 31, 2013; and for the role of the Jordanian Department of Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa Mosque Islamic Waqf in preserving and defending Al-Haram Al-Quds Al-Sharif.


– Praise the continuous efforts exerted by his Majesty King Mohammad VI King of Morocco, Chair of al-Quds Committee, in defending the holy city and supporting the resilience of the Palestinian people, and applaud efforts made by Bayt Mal al-Quds Agency of al-Quds Committee.


– Consider that any state that follows, accepts or acquiesces in the U.S. Administration’s move or any similar step adopted by other countries is complicit in undermining international law and order; express our determination to respond to these shameful actions with appropriate measures; and decide to take all necessary steps to prevent other countries from following the illegal U.S. example by transferring their embassies to Al-Quds; and in this regards condemns the relocation by Guatemala of its embassy to Al-Quds, and declare our determination to take the appropriate political, economic and other measures against countries which recognize Al-Quds as the capital of Israel or relocate their embassies thereto.


– Mandate the General Secretariat to prepare recommendations on appropriate measures that can be implemented in this regard.


– Call upon all member states to openly condemn such action and to pursue all available legal and diplomatic avenues to defend Palestinian national rights from all hostile and illegal actions from the United States or any other party, and to support decisions adopted recently by the Palestinian leadership to advance the Palestinian rights.


– Affirm that countries running for international posts seeking the OIC’s support for their candidature will be assessed based on their positions regarding the Palestine question, in particular on Jerusalem.


– Insist on the OIC member states to be responsive to OIC resolutions on the Palestinian cause and to commit to voting for our common cause, and to taking actions that would contribute to defending this just cause, and call for necessary action to be taken against those failing to comply.


– Request member states, the OIC General Secretariat and the OIC subsidiary organs and specialized and affiliated institutions to take the necessary measures to apply the economic restriction to countries, officials, parliaments, companies or individuals who recognize the annexation of Al-Quds by Israel, the occupying power, and follow the decision of the U.S. Administration to move its embassy to Al-Quds al-Sharif, or deal with any measures related to the consecration of Israeli colonization of the occupied Palestinian.


– Call on member states and the wider international community to ban the products of the illegal Israeli settlements from entering their markets, take measures against individuals and entities involved in or beneficiaries of the perpetuation of occupation and settlement regime.


– Decide to take all available measures and to pursue all possible political, legal and diplomatic avenues to defend the legitimate rights and aspirations of the Palestinian people from Israel’s entrenched regime of colonization and aggression as well as states that defend and sponsor this regime of oppression;


– Demand that the United States to adhere to the international legitimacy resolutions of the city of al Quds which represents an integral part of the Palestinian Territory occupied in 1967, and invite it to urge Israel, the occupying power, to stop its colonial plans and serious violations that constitute a threat to peace and security in the region and the entire world.


– Urge the U.S to stand against the Israeli colonial occupation and to be impartial in achieving the comprehensive peace based on relevant UN resolutions, the international law, the peace process terms of reference, the Arab Peace Initiative and the principle of two-state solution, at all times as part of collective multilateral efforts.


– Reaffirm our adherence to all resolutions adopted by the regular and extraordinary sessions of the Islamic Summit on the Cause of Palestine and the City of Al-Quds Al-Sharif, in particular the Fifth Extraordinary Session of the Islamic Summit Conference held in Jakarta on 6 March 2016 and the Extraordinary Islamic Summit Conference on Al-Quds Al-Sharif held in Istanbul on 13 December 2017, and call on the Member States to ensure respect to these resolutions in their daily discourses and foreign policy agenda, especially in their dealing with counterparts in other parts of the world and at the international organizations.


– Reiterate that we will continue to act in line with international law and cooperate with states that share our values to defend the international law and international system, and reaffirm our unwavering commitment to the two-state solution, which is the only acceptable international solution in the context of self-determination, and international law and existing UN resolutions-in accordance with the international terms of reference and the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative endorsed by the Islamic Extraordinary Summit in 2005 in Makkah; support in this regard the Palestinian political initiative as presented by H.E. Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine, before the Security Council on the 20 February 2018.


– Stress our determination to allocate all necessary resources to resist any attempt to change the Islamic and Christian identity – or falsify the history of –the city of Al-Quds Al-Sharif, including by working together with UNESCO which has designated The Old City of Jerusalem and Its Walls as a World Heritage, and condemn in this regard the continuing Israeli occupation aimed at changing the historical status quo of Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound as well as other religious and holy sites in the city of Al-Quds, including, through the continuing raids by Israeli occupation forces and permitting Israeli terrorist settler groups to desecrate the holy Mosque Compound on daily basis.


– Call for the implementation of previous OIC resolutions regarding financing the multi-sectoral strategic plan on Al-Quds, as a framework for determining the priorities of Islamic financing for the City of Al-Quds Al-Sharif; call also on Member States to support the needs of Al-Quds Al-Sharif, its institutions and people in line with the revised strategic plan 2018-2022 and to support the projects included therein, including in particular supporting the educational sector, and mandate the General Secretariat to follow up on the implementation of this plan in coordination with the State of Palestine.


– Underline the special importance of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which provides vital services to more than 5.3 million Palestinian refugees, and urge the Member States to increase their support to UNRWA’s initiatives to maintain its sustainable budget.


– Welcome the establishment of a Developmental Waqf Fund, as concluded in the preliminary study submitted by the Islamic Development Bank, as a means of further supporting the Palestinian refugees and host countries, enhancing the collective support of the Member States and ensuring the consistent and sustainable funding of the UNRWA operations in the field of humanitarian relief, development and social protection and urge the Member States to expedite the operationalization of the Developmental Waqf Fund.


– Reiterate our support for the inalienable right of the Palestine refugees to return to their homes, in line with UN General Assembly resolution 194; reaffirm also the need to recognize the crimes of ethnic cleansing and murder against the Palestinian people during the NAKBA, which took place seventy years ago, as a necessary first step to achieving justice and peace.



Turkish PM Strongly Condemns Israel Over Violence
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15.5.2018 23:20:43


The Turkish prime minister on Monday strongly condemned the Israeli violence against Palestinian protesters in the day the U.S. embassy relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

At least 52 Palestinian demonstrators have been martyred Monday — and hundreds more injured — by Israeli army forces deployed along the other side of the border, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

“This is a cowardly massacre and we strongly condemn it,” Binali Yildirim told reporters at Esenboga Airport in the Turkish capital.

Yildirim said there were around 2,000 injured.

“International law has been so to speak ignored and […] the decision to move the embassy has been stubbornly carried out,” Yildirim said.

“As Turkey, we condemn one more time this decision and declare it null and void,” he added.

“As Turkey, we stand together with our brothers until Palestine gains its freedom,” Yildirim added.

Trump sparked international outcry last December when he unilaterally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and vowed to relocate Washington’s embassy to the city.

The embassy relocation coincides with the 70th anniversary of Israel’s establishment in 1948 — an event Palestinians refer to as the “Nakba” or the “The Catastrophe”.

Thousands of Palestinians have gathered on Gaza Strip’s eastern border since early Monday morning to take part in protests aimed to commemorate the Nakba anniversary and protest relocating the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.



Turkey: Opposition CHP Leader Condemns Massacre In Gaza
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15.5.2018 23:18:41

‘We stand with the oppressed Palestinian people,’ says head of Republican People’s Party Kemal Kilicdaroglu


The leader of Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu condemned the U.S. and Israel administrations over violence against Palestinian protesters on the day the U.S. embassy relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Kilicdaroglu, in a Twitter post, said he condemned the “massacre” taking place in Gaza.

“Before the eyes of the U.S. administration, the cruelty of the Israeli administration in the Middle East is a crime against humanity. I condemn the massacre in Gaza and condemn the U.S. and Israeli administrations. We stand with the oppressed Palestinian people,” he wrote.

At least 52 Palestinian demonstrators were martyred Monday — and hundreds more injured — by Israeli army forces deployed along the other side of the border, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

CHP spokesman Bulent Tezcan, in a press meeting, described the events as a “shame on humanity”.

“There is a massacre going on in Gaza. We condemn this massacre. A shame on humanity is being displayed right now,” he said.

CHP parliament deputy group chairman Ozgur Ozel, also in a news conference, said “a process began” with the U.S. relocating its embassy to Jerusalem, “which we worry [will plunge] the Middle East into bloodshed”.

Trump sparked international outcry last December when he unilaterally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and vowed to relocate Washington’s embassy to the city

The embassy relocation coincides with the 70th anniversary of Israel’s establishment in 1948 — an event Palestinians refer to as the “Nakba” or the “The Catastrophe”.

Thousands of Palestinians have gathered on Gaza Strip’s eastern border since early Monday morning to take part in protests aimed to commemorate the Nakba anniversary and protest relocating the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.



EU’s Mogherini urges solution to Jerusalem church row
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27.2.2018 02:04:27

The EU’s foreign policy chief on Monday said she hopes to a speedy solution can be found to the crisis over East Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre closing in protest of Israel’s new tax policy.


“We hope that a solution can be found quickly. Jerusalem is a holy city to the three monotheistic religions. This special status and character of the city must be preserved and respected by all,” Federica Mogherini told a press conference in Brussels with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi


On Sunday East Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre closed in protest of a new tax policy imposed by Israeli authorities.


Palestinian Christian leaders say the move aims to protest plans by the Jerusalem Municipality to levy taxes on church properties and a proposed bill in the Israeli parliament that would make it harder for them to sell property.


Mogherini added that the Middle East peace process will be discussed during her meeting with the foreign ministers and Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit.


On Israeli-Palestinian relations, Mogherini said “a negotiated two-state solution with Jerusalem as the future capital of both states, Israel and Palestine, is the only viable and realistic way to fulfil the legitimate aspirations of both parties and achieve long-term peace.”


Mogherini stressed that all Israeli settlements in the occupied territories are illegal and block chances peace.


“We have also called on all sides to prevent violence and incitement and take constructive steps to advance the two-state reality on the ground and create the conditions for successful negotiations.”


Safadi, for his part, said Jerusalem must be remade an icon of peace.


“However,” Safadi continued, “This will not be possible if Jerusalem is under occupation, fear, and desperation.”



Turkey slams PKK remarks by EP’s rapporteur
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30.1.2018 16:48:50

Turkish EU Minister Omer Celik on Sunday criticized the European Parliament’s Turkey Rapporteur Kati Piri over her recent remarks in which she said “for us… the PKK and its variations are not a threat.”


Referring to Piri’s statement, Celik wrote on his Twitter account “such wrong views” will not be taken seriously by the Turkish side.


Piri partly continues with the wrong view by saying that ‘the number one threat for Turkey is not Daesh, but PKK’. It is actually very rare to see such an open statement of this ugly approach towards terrorism,” he added.


Celik asserted that Turkey is the only country which is fighting against both Daesh and PKK terrorists “at the same time and on equal footing.”


“It is obvious that PKK is supported in some parts of Europe. When Turkey was attacked by Daesh, we saw solidarity in some European cities by projecting Turkish flag on public buildings. But we never saw such solidarity when PKK attacked on us,” the minister added.


“As Piri and similar circles think that mankind is living only around their geography, they only regard the ones as terrorists who threaten them, but they don’t perceive any threat from the ones who attack on others. It is clear that there is a problem here about how they view humans even before how they view terrorism,” Celik said.


He stated that the “wrong view” on such terror groups allow them to “easily find ideological habitats” and described Piri with such “wrong view” reporting on Turkey at the European Parliament as “unfortunate”.


“It is a tragedy that a politician, who doesn’t have the abc level knowledge on these issues or who rejects these even if she knows them, is the rapporteur for Turkey in the biggest parliament of Europe,” he said.


The EU minister further asserted Turkey’s commitment to continue its fight against all kinds of terror groups including Daesh and PKK.


The PKK — recognized as a terrorist group by the EU, U.S., and Turkey — has waged a three-decade war against Turkey, taking 40,000 lives in the process. The PYD/PKK and YPG/PKK are its Syrian branches.


In addition to martyring Turkish security personnel, the PKK has also killed women and children during its three-decade war against Turkey.



Turkey reopens historic Bulgarian church in Istanbul
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7.1.2018 15:43:44


President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reopened on Sunday the historic Bulgarian church in Istanbul following major restoration work. 


Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Erdogan said reopening of the Iron Church was an important message for the international community.


"I believe it is the responsibility of the state to ensure everyone can worship freely," he said, adding that Turkey has supported the restoration of more than 5,000 artifacts in the past 15 years.


The orthodox church, also known as St. Stephen Church, is located in the historic Balat neighborhood on the shore of the city’s Golden Horn.



It had been undergoing major restoration works for the last seven years, in a project co-funded by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and the Bulgarian government.


Erdogan noted 14 places of worship had been restored in Turkey recently.

They include the Great Synagogue in the western Edirne province, the Aya Nikola Church in the western Canakkale province and the Syrian Catholic Church in the southern Hatay province.


Joint efforts for restoration

Also, the Armenian Protestant Church in southeastern Diyarbakir, the Fevkani Church in southern Gaziantep province, the Taksiyarhis (Aya Nikola) Church in western Balikesir province and the Aya Yorgi Church in Istanbul are among the restored places of worship.


"Iron Church is the final project -- the last example," he said.



Erdogan said Bulgaria has many Ottoman era architectures, such as mosques, bridges, and tombs which he said need restoration. 


"We can take up the task of their restoration together -- for the conservation of common cultural heritage, exactly as we did for the Iron Church," he added.


Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim called reopening of the church “the best example” of religious tolerance that Turkey had exhibited towards other religions. 


“I hope this message will be heard and understood properly,” he said.


Speaking about the restored artifacts, he said 1,029 artifacts have been returned to 167 religious foundations.


Turkey's EU membership

Criticizing the lack of religious tolerance especially in Europe, Yildirim said: “The risk of religious and cultural polarization is increasing.”


Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, who also attended the ceremony, praised the restoration of the church, calling it "unique and magnificent".


“Our religion is being represented just beside the Golden Horn,” he said, referring to the primary inlet of the Bosphorus. 


Speaking about Turkey’s EU membership process, Borisov said that efforts to normalize relations between Turkey and the EU in 2018 were needed. “We will contribute [to Turkey’s membership] as much as we can,” he added.


Bulgaria took over the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU as of Jan. 1.


Also attending the ceremony, Istanbul Mayor Mevlut Uysal said Istanbul hosts “thousands of precious historical artifacts just like Iron Church".


Istanbul contributed 13 million Turkish liras ($3.47 million) to the project which cost 16 million liras ($4.28 million), he said.


The church was built in 1898 from prefabricated cast iron elements after its former wooden structure caught fire.



Macron urges open dialogue in Turkey’s EU bid
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6.1.2018 08:10:08

Turkey is "tired" of its EU membership process and it cannot request for membership in the bloc indefinitely, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in Paris on Friday.


Speaking at a joint news conference with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in Paris, Erdogan said: “We cannot continuously ask the EU, ‘please take us, too’ now,”


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.


The Turkish president said that despite the fact that the Turkey-EU process began decades ago, the country was not granted membership.


“When we ask for the reason, the EU cannot tell us. And, at first they were preventing us via 15 [EU policy] chapters; later the number of the chapters regarding us was increased to 35.”


To gain membership, Turkey has to successfully conclude negotiations with the EU in 35 policy chapters that involve reforms and the adoption of European standards.


For his part, President Emmanuel Macron called for cooperation and open dialogue to discuss Turkey's EU membership.


In his remarks at the joint news conference, Macron said “two-facedness” in Turkey-EU ties should come to an end.


“As France, we believe that future of Turkey and Turkish people should be in Europe,” Macron said.


Erdogan also spoke about the two countries’ strategic military partnership and mentioned NATO.


Earlier, Turkey’s Undersecretariat for Defense Industries and Franco-Italian manufacturer Eurosam signed an anti-missile defense system agreement.


Defense deal signed

The Turkish president termed the signing of the defense deal as a “very important step”.


He added the agreement included Italy, another NATO member country.


“Now, it is time to rapidly set out and rapidly start producing,” he said.


Turkey’s defense industry and the Franco-Italian EUROSAM consortium will work together to determine the mutual needs and priorities as well as analyzing an air defense system using SAMP-T system as a base.


SAMP-T (Surface-to-Air Missile Platform) is a long-range, medium altitude air and ballistic missile defense system.


He said both sides should aim for a trade volume of €20 billion ($24 billion) with France.


He also welcomed Turkish Airlines’ agreement with Airbus.


Chief Executive Ilker Avci signed a non-binding agreement with Airbus on a potential order for 25 A350-900 aircraft, during the visit.


Erdogan shared his expectations regarding the steps taken by the two countries’ Eximbanks, saying it would make serious contribution to the development of economic relations.


He also spoke about activities of Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) -- the group behind the defeated coup attempt in 2016 -- in France.


“Sensitivity regarding FETO members is very important,” he said.

“If sensitivity regarding these remains missing, I believe it will cause problems, tomorrow,” Erdogan said.


Fight against PKK

He also said Turkey and its friends should jointly fight against terrorist groups, including Daesh, PYD/YPG and PKK.

Erdogan added his French counterpart had shared with him some names of suspects, which he assured he would get them checked by the Turkish Justice Ministry.

“West always tells us that ‘judiciary is independent’. Judiciary is not dependent in Turkey. Judiciary is also independent in Turkey,” he said.

French president also said Turkey and France would continue to fight against terrorism and terror groups such as the PKK and Daesh.

“We are taking all necessary actions to destroy the financial resources of the PKK in France,” Macron added.

About the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Erdogan said the U.S. approach of “I am powerful, then I am right,” is wrong.

“Being powerful is not a reason for being right. Power comes from being right; if you are right, then you are powerful; if you are not right, then you are not powerful.”

About Astana and Sochi talks that aim to bring stability to Syria, he said the U.S. was also involved in the process apart from Russia, Iran and Turkey.


Reminding the fact that Turkey shares a 911 kilometer-long (566 mile) border with Syria, Erdogan said: “Of course, northern Syria is a continuous threat for Turkey. Now, we have the control of a certain part in the north, but we will not allow a terror corridor to be established in northern Syria.”


Erdogan was accompanied by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Energy Minister Berat Albayrak, EU Minister Omer Celik and Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli during his one-day visit to France.


Macron urges open dialogue in Turkey’s EU bid

President Emmanuel Macron called for cooperation and open dialogue to discuss Turkey's European Union membership during his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Paris.

He said France believes that Turkey's future should be in Europe.

French president also said Turkey and France would continue to fight against terrorism and terror groups such as the PKK and Daesh.

Erdogan arrived in Paris early Friday for a day-long visit.

During his stay, the Turkish president held a private meeting with his French counterpart at the Elysee Palace.

Economic cooperation, bilateral trade, defense industry, counterterrorism and regional issues are being discussed during the two leaders' talks as well as ties between Turkey and France.



Turkey issues arrest warrant for ex-CIA officer
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1.12.2017 23:51:22

An Istanbul court on Friday issued an arrest warrant for a former CIA officer over alleged ties to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), a judicial official said.


The warrant for Graham E. Fuller, a former vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA who now works as a history professor, was issued as part of a broader FETO investigation by the Terror and Organized Crime Bureau of the Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office.


Fuller, who reportedly helped FETO leader Fetullah Gulen secure U.S. residency in the late 1990s, has been an outspoken supporter of Gulen in the U.S. media.

FETO orchestrated last year’s attempted coup in Turkey that led to the deaths of 250 people.


The official, who spoke in condition of anonymity due to the restrictions on talking to the media, said the warrant was issued on charges of violating the Turkish constitution, attempting to overturn the government, interfering in the government’s duties and espionage.


The Istanbul counter-terrorism bureau has carried out a number of high-profile arrests in recent months.

In October, Metin Topuz, a liaison officer between the U.S. Drugs Enforcement Agency and Turkish law enforcement stationed at the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul was arrested over alleged FETO ties.


The arrest sparked a major diplomatic spat between Ankara and Washington.


It also arrested Osman Kavala, a wealthy philanthropist, in October and has secured arrest warrants for former Republican People's Party lawmaker Aykan Erdemir, who currently lives and works in the U.S., and U.S.-based international relations professor Henri Barkey.


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European Parliament updates list of prohibited persons
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23.11.2017 02:51:46

The European Parliament’s Directorate General for Security and Safety on Wednesday issued an updated list of people and groups prohibited from the legislative body premises, which included the name of the PKK terror group.


However, the list did not mention the names of heads of PKK’s Europe branches who frequently attended PKK rallies.


In a statement, the security directorate said it accepted European Parliament President Antonio Tajani’s request “to not invite persons listed in the Council Decision or individuals representing entities or groups on that list, nor to facilitate their access to parliament”.


The parliament also unanimously approved that “these persons, entities and groups may not be promoted through audio-visual presentations or other events on parliament’s premises”.


In case of a possible presence or promotion on parliament’s premises of any such persons, groups and entities, the Directorate General for Security and Safety would be contacted, the statement added.


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Turkey, Russia, Iran back Syria's territorial integrity
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23.11.2017 02:36:06

Leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran reiterated their support for Syria's territorial integrity during a summit in the Russian city of Sochi on Wednesday.


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and Iran's Hassan Rouhani met in the Russian Black Sea resort for the summit and gave messages highlighting the need for a political solution and territorial integrity of Syria.


In a joint statement at the summit, three guarantor countries declared that they would continue to cooperate for the sake of reducing violence in Syria.


In the statement, the three presidents also emphasized on their strong commitment to supporting the independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria.


The guarantor countries also pointed out the need for confidence-building measures in order to speed up the search for political solutions in Syria.


The measures were listed as fast, secure and continuos humanitarian aid; release of detainees and identification of missing persons.


Measures against PKK/PYD

In the joint statement, they also agreed to hold the Syrian National Dialogue Congress, which will be attended by the Assad regime and the opposition.


The opposition groups who attend the congress would be “the ones that respect Syria's sovereignty, independence, unity, territorial integrity and non-divisible character”.


By this description,Turkey's resolute position against the terrorist organization, PKK/PYD, has been reflected.


Opposition groups that will be invited to the congress will be decided by the three countries.



Erdogan’s remarks

President Erdogan said: “Exclusion of terrorist elements -- that target both Syrian political union and territorial integrity and our country -- from the process, will be among Turkey's priorities.”

Ankara reiterated there is no difference between the PKK, YPG and PYD terrorist organizations.

He also warned that Turkey cannot share a platform with any terrorist organization that poses a threat to its national security.

Erdogan referred to the Geneva talks under the auspices of the UN, and said the National Dialogue Congress would contribute to the Geneva process.

About the conditions for achievement, he said that besides the attitudes of the regime and the opposition, the three guarantor countries would play a critical role in maintaining "respect and understanding of mutual sensitivity".


Putin’s remarks

The Russian president pointed out that the summit was a means to strengthen the territorial integrity of Syria.

Vladimir Putin said the Astana process prevents the division of Syria and moves the country towards a "new phase of political solution", with the cooperation of Turkey and Iran.

He also expressed his gratitude to the Turkish and Iranian leaders for welcoming the idea of holding the Syrian National Dialogue Congress regarding the solution of the Syrian crisis.

Putin added the countries had given necessary instructions about the congress’ date and structure.


Rouhani’s remarks

"We are pleased to see that the three countries have agreed on Syria's territorial integrity, independence and unity, and we are in close cooperation to ensure peace and stability in Syria,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said.

Recalling that the meeting in Sochi constitutes an important step for ending the Syria crisis, Rouhani noted that the solution can be achieved through joint political work, referring to the Astana process launched in January.

"There is no reason for any foreign forces to be present in the country without the consent of the legitimate government of Syria,” Rouhani said.

Turkey, NATO alliance should not be 'undermined'
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18.11.2017 21:16:01

Turkey’s alliance with NATO should not be undermined, Turkish military chief Gen. Hulusi Akar said on Saturday.


Speaking at the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia in Canada, Chief of General Staff Gen. Akar said: “NATO is the most successful and most effective military organization that has existed throughout history.


Recently, in one of the NATO exercises we had an unpleasant and unacceptable event, reportedly committed by an individual who may be backed by [Fetullah Terrorist Organization] FETO members.


NATO administrators responded timely and appropriately. We should not allow anyone to undermine our alliance and our solidarity.


Turkey withdrew its troops from a NATO military drill in Norway after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that his name and the picture of Turkish Republic’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk were used in an "enemy chart”.


Following the incident, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg apologized to Turkey in a written statement as well as to Gen. Akar during a face-to-face meeting in Canada.


Gen. Akar said Turkey is one of the countries with the highest number of troops in NATO and the country has supported 14 missions of the alliance in 11 different countries.


The general also criticized Turkey’s allies who were providing weapons to PKK/PYD terror group.


Allies' cooperation with PKK/PYD

PKK, PYD and YPG are equals of each other. The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by numerous countries.


They may have different names but they all have the same goal.


It was unfortunate to witness the utilization of terrorist organizations as proxies during this conflict. This has further complicated the situation.


Some of our allies have been cooperating with the PKK-affiliated YPG in a similar fashion. They have been supporting PKK and YPG in almost all demands despite news of such acts amounting to war crimes.


He said it was disappointing to see that some allies provided weapons and ammunition to the PKK/PYD.


I would like to underline that PKK/YPG uses these weapons against Turkish citizens and soldiers.


Additionally, we are having a hard time to understand the ethics in fight against terrorist organization with another one. It seems a simple name change has been enough for some states.


Referring to reports about the U.S. backing the deal allowing Daesh to leave their Syrian stronghold of Raqqah that paved the way for PKK/PYD to then takeover the city, Gen. Akar said: ''Some of our allies disregarded the dirty deal that YPG brokered with Daesh in Raqqah.


Unbelievable' Raqqah deal

Evacuation of Daesh terrorists from Raqqah even with their weapons, it’s unbelievable.


The general also said that Daesh had nothing to do with Islam. “Please do not forget that Daesh is also attacking Islamic countries and killing innocent Muslims without hesitation.


Do not mix Muslims with terrorists. The key must be zero tolerance for terrorists.


For instance, we have witnessed tragic attacks in Myanmar against Rohingya Muslims recently.


The attackers were Buddhists; however, no one referred to them as Buddhist terrorists.


At the end of his speech, Akar quoted Erdogan’s famous words about the world being bigger than a few countries.


As our President Erdogan has said while referring to the UN Security Council, we should remember that the world is bigger than five.


The UN’s priority must be global safety and security.


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President Erdogan is in Qatari capital city of Doha for an official visit
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15.11.2017 04:06:51

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Qatar on Tuesday to discuss regional and international developments as well as Ankara's bilateral relations with Doha.


The president met Qatar's Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah, Turkey's Ambassador to Qatar, Fikret Ozer and embassy officials at Doha's Hamad International Airport.


Erdogan was accompanied by a large delegation including his wife Emine Erdogan, Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci and Energy Minister Berat Albayrak.


The president will attend a meeting of Turkey-Qatar Supreme Strategic Committee in Doha, Ibrahim Kalin, the presidential spokesman said in a statement on Sunday.


Regional and international developments as well as bilateral relations between Turkey and the Gulf countries will also be discussed, the statement added.


Turkey backs Qatar in the Gulf crisis that was triggered in June when Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the U.A.E. and Bahrain cut diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar.


The four states accuse Qatar of supporting terrorist groups -- the allegations Doha denies, describing the embargo as a breach of its national sovereignty.


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