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Turkish Press Review, 09-02-03

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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

03.02.2009


CONTENTS

  • [01] GUL DUE IN SAUDI ARABIA TODAY
  • [02] GUL: "HAMAS SHOULD BE PART OF THE MIDEAST PEACE PROCESS"
  • [03] CICEK: "TURKEY WANTS TO PROTECT RELATIONS WITH ISRAEL"
  • [04] PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT ABBAS TO VISIT ANKARA
  • [05] IRAN'S PRESIDENT TO INVITE GUL TO ECO MEETING IN TEHRAN
  • [06] UN'S BAN: "THE REGION NEEDS ERDOGAN'S LEADERSHIP AND MEDIATION"
  • [07] OIC: "OBAMA SAYS THE US CAN WORK WITH MUSLIMS"
  • [08] ITALIAN FM: "THE DAVOS INCIDENT WILL NOT AFFECT TURKEY'S ROLE IN PEACE"
  • [09] SIMSEK: "THE IMF SHOULD CONSIDER TURKEY'S CHANGING STRUCTURE AND THE WORLD ECONOMY"

  • [01] GUL DUE IN SAUDI ARABIA TODAY

    President Abdullah Gul and a delegation including Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul, State Minister for Foreign Trade Kursat Tuzmen, Industry Minister Zafer Caglayan and Agriculture and Rural Affairs Minister Mehdi Eker will pay an official visit to Saudi Arabia today, along with a large business delegation. Gul is expected to discuss recent developments in the region, Israel's attacks in Gaza, and bilateral relations during his contacts. Gul and his delegation will be greeted by Saudi King Abdullah at the airport, followed by a dinner hosted by the monarch. Gul will later proceed to Jeddah to meet with Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the Turkish scholar who heads the Organization for the Islamic Conference (OIC). /Hurriyet/

    [02] GUL: "HAMAS SHOULD BE PART OF THE MIDEAST PEACE PROCESS"

    President Abdullah Gul yesterday received at the Cankaya Presidential Palace a delegation of teachers and students from the Four Operations Education Center, a primary educational institution in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). During the meeting, Gul reiterated Turkey's firm support for the TRNC in all areas, adding that thanks to this support, Turkish Cypriots would always feel safe. Stressing that Turkey places great importance on the TRNC's development and stability, he assured the Turkish Cypriots that the pains of the past would not be repeated. Gul also spoke at length with the children in the delegation. In related news, speaking to a Saudi daily before traveling to Riyadh for a visit today, Gul said that Hamas should be included in the Middle East peace process. Stressing the importance of the unity of the Palestinians for reaching a lasting peace in the region, Gul also urged Hamas to change its stance on the peace process. /Hurriyet-Aksam/

    [03] CICEK: "TURKEY WANTS TO PROTECT RELATIONS WITH ISRAEL"

    After yesterday's Cabinet meeting, government spokesperson and Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek told reporters that Turkey places special importance on its relations with Israel. Stating that Turkey wants to protect its ties with Israel, Cicek added, "False and irrelevant assessments of relations between Turkey and Israel have been made." Cicek reiterated that Turkey's stance on Gaza has nothing to do with the Israeli people but the humanitarian tragedy there. Saying that Turkey is working to ensure a lasting peace and cease-fire, he added, "Turkey thinks that Palestinians' democratic choice should not be ignored and Hamas should not be excluded from the process but rather should be part of the solution." Cicek also urged Hamas to act accordingly. /Star/

    [04] PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT ABBAS TO VISIT ANKARA

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will visit Ankara this weekend as the guest of President Abdullah Gul. Abbas will also meet with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. During the meeting, Erdogan is expected to push for a compromise between the disputing Hamas and Fatah. /Milliyet/

    [05] IRAN'S PRESIDENT TO INVITE GUL TO ECO MEETING IN TEHRAN

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will invite his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul to a meeting of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) on March 11 in Tehran. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Muhsin Telia is expected to visit Ankara today to convey Ahmadinejad's invitation to Gul. Representatives from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan will also attend the meeting. /Hurriyet/

    [06] UN'S BAN: "THE REGION NEEDS ERDOGAN'S LEADERSHIP AND MEDIATION"

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday telephoned Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to express his regret at Erdogan suddenly leaving the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, following a contentious seminar that he also attended. Saying that he had been unable to meet with Erdogan in the wake of the seminar, Ban added that its moderator had unfairly prevented Erdogan from expressing his views. "We know that the Middle East will get through this thorny and painful process," he added. Ban stressed that the region needs Erdogan's leadership and mediation. For his part, Erdogan reiterated that Turkey is always ready to do its part to promote peace in the region. /Aksam/

    [07] OIC: "OBAMA SAYS THE US CAN WORK WITH MUSLIMS"

    New US President Barack Obama has said he is confident the US can work together with the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). In a letter to Turkish scholar and OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Obama said he would work to improve relations with the group, the Jeddah-based organization said Sunday on its website. Obama also thanked the OIC, which represents 1.5 billion Muslims in 57 countries, for its congratulations after his Jan. 20 inauguration, the group said. /Today's Zaman/

    [08] ITALIAN FM: "THE DAVOS INCIDENT WILL NOT AFFECT TURKEY'S ROLE IN PEACE"

    The incident between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Israeli President Simon Peres during last week's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland will not negatively affect Turkey's diplomatic role in the Middle East peace process, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said yesterday. "The prime minister's stance can be explained by the country's internal political dynamics," Frattini said during a meeting in Milan. /Hurriyet Daily News/

    [09] SIMSEK: "THE IMF SHOULD CONSIDER TURKEY'S CHANGING STRUCTURE AND THE WORLD ECONOMY"

    After certain issues are solved, Turkey will invite International Monetary Fund officials to Turkey to continue talks on a possible standby agreement, State Minister for the Economy Mehmet Simsek said yesterday. He said if the Fund meets Turkey's expectations, Turkey could complete talks with the Fund and send its letter of intent by the end of this month. Stressing that the new agreement should not be based on past IMF prescriptions, Simsek said the IMF had earlier sought to require that public borrowing and expenditures be reduced and government revenues be raised. "But Turkey doesn't have any public borrowing problem, but rather fiscal discipline, and so the program should take into consideration the current global conditions and Turkey's changing structure," he said. Simsek said that Turkey could easily meet its foreign finance needs of $30-15 billion this year as it has sufficient foreign exchange reserves. Touching on his talks in Davos, he said that he had had the opportunity to meet with many foreign investors there, who told him they find Turkey attractive despite the crisis. Simsek predicted that there would be direct foreign capital inflow to Turkey this year, particularly in energy, medicine and telecommunications. After a Cabinet meeting yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek said Turkey currently doesn't need any foreign financing but wants to get the IMF's symbolic support at a time of global economic crisis, as it is an important accreditation institution in the world economy. /Sabah/
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