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Turkish Press Review, 09-02-27

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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

27.02.2009


CONTENTS

  • [01] GUL RECEIVES JEWISH COMMUNITY LEADER
  • [02] US' MITCHELL: "TURKEY HAS A UNIQUE ROLE TO PLAY IN ACHIEVING LASTING PEACE IN THE MIDEAST"
  • [03] GUL TO VISIT IRAN, BELGIUM IN MARCH
  • [04] MGK MEETS
  • [05] TUZMEN RECEIVES ORDER OF GOLDEN FLEECE FROM GEORGIA
  • [06] YILDIRIM IN IRAN ON SATURDAY FOR TRAIN MEETING
  • [07] LAST-GASP GALATASARY STAY ON COURSE FOR HOME CITY FINAL

  • [01] GUL RECEIVES JEWISH COMMUNITY LEADER

    President Abdullah Gul yesterday received Silvyo Ovadya, a leader of Turkey's Jewish community, at the Cankaya Presidential Palace in Ankara to learn firsthand about the community's problems and expectations. Gul reportedly assured Ovadya that Jews living in Turkey are equal citizens of the country, stressing the state's firm determination to oppose all forms of discrimination and to protect their rights and freedoms. Tension between Turkey and Israel due to the Gaza war and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's walkout from a meeting in Davos late last month after heated words with Israeli President Shimon Peres had caused concern in the community of rising anti-Semitism in Turkey. During the meeting, Gul reportedly acknowledged the possibility of isolated extreme reactions but said the government is on the alert for such problems, also expressing hope that such incidents would recede as the situation in Gaza improves. /Sabah/

    [02] US' MITCHELL: "TURKEY HAS A UNIQUE ROLE TO PLAY IN ACHIEVING LASTING PEACE IN THE MIDEAST"

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday received US special Middle East envoy George Mitchell in Ankara to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian peace process as well as other regional issues. Foreign Minister Ali Babacan was also in attendance. During the meeting, Erdogan reportedly told Mitchell that excluding Hamas from efforts to find lasting peace in the Middle East was not realistic. "After they (Hamas) won the (2006) elections, Turkey has constantly encouraged Hamas leaders to make contributions to the peace process, and positive changes have been observed upon this encouragement," Erdogan reportedly told Mitchell. "I earlier urged Hamas that it should recognize the 1993 Oslo Accords. Continuity in state policies is important. We are always encouraging them to take this continuity into consideration." He also stressed the importance of active US involvement in the Middle East peace process. Expressing Turkey's appreciation for the Obama administration's efforts for lasting peace in the region, Erdogan also said Turkey expects more international and US efforts to open Gaza border crossings to humanitarian aid for thousands of Palestinians living in tents in the narrow strip under Israeli blockade. Erdogan and Mitchell also discussed Turkish-brokered indirect Syrian- Israeli peace talks, with Mitchell reportedly saying the US hopes these talks will continue. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Mitchell said that Turkey would play a unique role in President Barack Obama's efforts to achieve peace in the Middle East. "As an important democratic nation with strong relations with Israel, Turkey has a unique role to play and can have a significant influence on our efforts to promote comprehensive peace in the region," Mitchell said. "It is important for us now to look forward and to work together to build a secure, prosperous future for all of the people of this region." In related news, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will likely visit Turkey as part of her tour of the region scheduled for next month. /Turkiye/

    [03] GUL TO VISIT IRAN, BELGIUM IN MARCH

    President Abdullah Gul is set to visit Iran and Brussels next month, along with a large business delegation. Gul will attend an Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) summit in a bid to boost economic and commercial relations between the member countries. Afterwards, he will attend a European Business Summit (EBS) in Brussels. On the sidelines of the summit, Gul is expected to hold bilateral meetings with European leaders to discuss the global economic crisis. Gul is also reportedly expected to soon tour the Middle East, including Syria./Aksam/

    [04] MGK MEETS

    The National Security Council (MGK), chaired by President Abdullah Gul, yesterday convened at the Cankaya Presidential Palace. According to a statement released after the five-hour meeting, the MGK discussed such issues as the fight against the terrorist PKK and measures to be taken ahead of annual Nevruz celebrations, energy routes, the Israeli-Palestinian situation in the wake of Israel's offensive in Gaza, and recent development in the Middle East. In the statement, the MGK reaffirmed that the international community, and in particular regional countries, should take responsibility for bringing peace and stability to the Middle East and to solve issues such as the Palestinian issue. It stressed that Turkey will continue to work to promote peace and stability in the region. The MGK also discussed Russian-proposed energy routes intended to bypass Turkey to transport Caspian natural gas to Europe. /Star/

    [05] TUZMEN RECEIVES ORDER OF GOLDEN FLEECE FROM GEORGIA

    Georgia has bestowed on State Minister for Foreign Trade Kursad Tuzmen the Order of the Golden Fleece, a medal of honor awarded to non-Georgian citizens who have contributed to the development of bilateral relations. Following a two-day visit to Georgia accompanied by a delegation of 150 businesspeople, Tuzmen was honored by Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, who presented him and Nurol Holding Chairman Nurettin Carmikli with the medal in appreciation of their efforts to bring the two nations closer together. /Today's zaman/

    [06] YILDIRIM IN IRAN ON SATURDAY FOR TRAIN MEETING

    Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim will pay an official visit to Iran on Saturday. Yildirim will attend an Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul Container Train meeting, organized under the Sixth Joint Commission Meeting on Transportation between Iran and Turkey and the Economic Cooperation Organization. He will return to Turkey on Sunday. /Hurriyet Daily News/

    [07] LAST-GASP GALATASARY STAY ON COURSE FOR HOME CITY FINAL

    Taking on Girondins Bordeaux of France in Istanbul's Ali Sami Yen Stadium in a UEFA Cup Group H home match last night, soccer side Galatasary scored a last-minute winner to knock out its rival in a seven-goal thriller to reach the last 16 and stay on course for a UEFA Cup final. Defender Sabri Sarioglu struck from the edge of the penalty area to give the 2000 UEFA Cup winners a 4-3 first knockout round victory as Bordeaux's fine fightback from 3-1 down ended in heartbreak. The May 20 final will be staged at the home of Galatasaray's archrivals, Fenerbahce's Rustu Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul. /Today's Zaman/
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