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Turkish Press Review, 08-07-18

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From: Turkish Directorate General of Press and Information <http://www.byegm.gov.tr>

Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning

18.07.2008


CONTENTS

  • [01] TURKISH LEG OF BAKU-TBILISI-KARS RAILWAY SET TO OPEN NEXT WEDNESDAY
  • [02] PM ERDOGAN MEETS WITH US NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER
  • [03] ERDOGAN TO ATTEND JULY 20TH CELEBRATIONS IN TRNC
  • [04] CLOSER TURKISH TIES TO AFRICA PLEDGED
  • [05] FM BABACAN: "TURKEY WILL ALL IT CAN TO SOLVE THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR ISSUE THROUGH DIALOGUE"
  • [06] IRAN'S MOTTAKI VISITS ANKARA
  • [07] FRENCH SENATE VOTES TO EASE REFERENDUM REQUIREMENT FOR NEW EU MEMBERS

  • [01] TURKISH LEG OF BAKU-TBILISI-KARS RAILWAY SET TO OPEN NEXT WEDNESDAY

    President Abdullah Gul will go to Kars next Wednesday to attend the groundbreaking ceremony of the Turkish leg of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway project. Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili and Azeri President Haydar Aliyev will also be present at the ceremony. Afterwards, Gul, Saakashvili, and Aliyev will proceed to Istanbul to attend the commencement ceremony at the Turkish War Colleges Command. /Cumhuriyet/

    [02] PM ERDOGAN MEETS WITH US NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday received Stephen Hadley, US President George W. Bush's national security adviser, at the Prime Ministry headquarters. Speaking to reporters afterwards, Hadley said Turkey and the US cooperate with each other in the fight against terrorism. "Our two nations are united in the fight against terrorism, and the US is committed to working with Turkey both in the Iraq issue and the fight against our common enemy, the terrorist PKK," he said. Touching on accomplishments in Turkey 's reform slate, Hadley said, " Turkey has made some important democratic, political reforms, and free market reforms, in the last several years. The US believes such reforms should continue." He also said that countries enjoy a strong strategic partnership and that Washington hopes to further strengthen these ties in the future. Commenting on Turkey's European Union accession bid, Hadley said the US strongly supports Turkey's EU aspirations. Regarding the recent attack on a police post outside the US Consulate in Istanbul, Hadley expressed appreciation for the government's defense of the consulate, and added, "I offer my condolences to the families of the brave Turkish policemen who lost their lives in the attack." Hadley was also received by President Abdullah Gul at the Cankaya Presidential Palace. /Star/

    [03] ERDOGAN TO ATTEND JULY 20TH CELEBRATIONS IN TRNC

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will travel today to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) to attend weekend July 20th Peace and Freedom Celebrations accompanied by a large delegation, including Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek and Foreign Minister Ali Babacan. Erdogan will also hold talks with TRNC President Mehmet Ali Talat, Prime Minister Ferdi Sabit Soyer, opposition leaders, and representatives of non-governmental organizations. Erdogan is expected to reiterate Turkey 's firm support to the TRNC and to urge the European Union to keep its promises concerning the TRNC and the Cyprus issue. /Turkiye/

    [04] CLOSER TURKISH TIES TO AFRICA PLEDGED

    Turkey and the 53-nation African Union yesterday reaffirmed their readiness to improve ties, saying that cooperation benefits both sides. Foreign Minister Ali Babacan, speaking at a joint press conference with African Union Commission Chairman Jean Ping in Ankara, said that Turkey wants to further develop relations with African countries. "We're looking at the continent of Africa from a long-term, lasting approach, not a short-term perspective," he said. Babacan stated that he is hopeful that Turkey and Africa will cooperate in many fields thanks to the fast-growing Turkish economy and Turkey's rising international influence, as well as the large potential for cooperation in several areas in the African continent. /Today's Zaman/

    [05] FM BABACAN: "TURKEY WILL ALL IT CAN TO SOLVE THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR ISSUE THROUGH DIALOGUE"

    At a joint press conference yesterday with African Union Commission Chairman Jean Ping in Ankara, Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said that Turkey was ready to do everything necessary to solve the controversy over Iran's nuclear program through dialogue. "Turkey has good dialogue with six countries that have presented a new package of proposals to Iran, and also it has a good dialogue with its neighbor Iran ," he said. "Turkey has always supported solving Iran's nuclear program controversy through dialogue, and so it is continuing talks with all parties." /Aksam/

    [06] IRAN'S MOTTAKI VISITS ANKARA

    Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki yesterday arrived in Ankara in the runup to this weekend's European Union-Iran summit in Geneva, Switzerland . Mottaki met with his Turkish counterpart Ali Babacan and later is set to be received by Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. /Aksam/

    [07] FRENCH SENATE VOTES TO EASE REFERENDUM REQUIREMENT FOR NEW EU MEMBERS

    The French Senate on Wednesday voted to ease a proposed requirement that some new European Union member countries would have to be approved by a public referendum in France. The measure, part of a package of constitutional changes, would require a referendum on new members whose population exceeds 5 percent of the EU's total population, but would also allow the president to ask the Senate and National Assembly to bypass this. To do so, a three-fifths supermajority of both houses would be needed. The whole package is next set to face a vote in a joint session of the Senate and lower house. /Sabah/
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