Tillerson off to Middle East, South Asia with eye on Iran, Iraq

:: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson heads to the Middle East, South Asia and Europe this week on a diplomatic mission focused on conflicts in Iraq and Syria and blunting Iranian More »

King Salman makes telephone call to Iraqi PM Abadi

:: King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud made a telephone call to Prime Minister Dr. Haydar Al-Abadi of Iraq today. According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), during the telephone conversation, they reviewed More »

Saudi-Iraqi military talks held in Riyadh

:: The Iraqi Defense Ministry said that Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Othman Al-Ghanmi headed a high-level military delegation on Monday for a two-day official visit to Saudi Arabia at the More »

UAE says to announce government reshuffle

:: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, said in a tweet a government reshuffle will be announced later on More »

Emir of Qatar: We are ready for dialogue to solve the crisis

:: Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said during the conclusion of his Asian tour in Indonesia that Doha is ready for dialogue to resolve the Arab boycott crisis. Sheikh Tamim More »

 

Tag Archives: Turkey

Turkey’s Erdogan says may shut Iraqi border any moment

:: President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey may shut its border with northern Iraq “at any moment” after closing its air space to the region, Hurriyet newspaper reported on Thursday, reviving a threat first made after Kurds there voted for independence.

Kurdistan never intended to engage in war with Iraq, foreign minister says

Falah Mustafa Bakir

:: The ‭Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) never intended to engage in a war with the Iraqi army, Kurdish foreign minister Falah Mustafa Bakir told broadcaster CNN in an interview. ‭ There is a need for dialogue between KRG and Iraq

Turkey says will not submit to ‘impositions’ from United States in visa crisis

:: Turkey will not submit to “impositions” from the United States over an on-going visa crisis and will reject any conditions it cannot meet, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday. A delegation from the United States is visiting Turkey

Iran says Trump’s nuclear deal policy not to have high impact on oil prices

:: President Donald Trump’s hardened stance on a multinational nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers will not have much impact on global oil prices, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh told state TV on Sunday. Trump refused on Friday

Turkey ‘ready to cooperate with Iraq’ against Kurdish militants

:: Turkey is ready to cooperate fully with the central Iraqi government to end the presence of the outlawed Kurdish militant group PKK in Iraq, the foreign ministry said on Monday. In a statement, the ministry also said Ankara would

What Erdogan’s snub says about the US and Turkey

Sinem Cengiz

By : Sinem Cengiz :: A farewell reception took place in Ankara last week for John Bass, the departing US ambassador to Turkey. Attendance at such events is significant, and sends important signals regarding the relations between the host country

Turkey orders detention of 100 former police officers in post-coup probe

:: Turkish authorities issued detention warrants on Saturday for 100 former police officers and have so far detained 63 of them, the state-run Anadolu news agency said, as part of a widening crackdown since last year’s failed coup attempt. The

Turkey’s Erdogan says no problem with Russian S-400 purchases

:: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said there was no problem with the country’s planned purchase of Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems and talks have also been held on the S-500 system, Haberturk and other newspapers reported on Friday. His Foreign

Turkish forces set up positions in Syria’s Idlib

:: Turkey’s military has begun setting up observation posts in northwest Syria’s Idlib province, its General Staff said on Friday, part of a deployment that appears partly aimed at containing a Kurdish militia. Turkey sent a convoy of about 30

Turkey expects visa spat with US to be ‘resolved soon’

:: A diplomatic crisis between the United States and Turkey that led them to stop issuing visas to each other’s citizens is “overblown” and will likely be resolved soon, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said on Wednesday. In remarks

Erdogan: Turkish officials to boycott meetings with US ambassador

:: Turkey will boycott meetings with the US ambassador to Ankara as it no longer recognises the envoy as the US representative in the country, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday, stepping up a diplomatic row. “We have not agreed

Turkey and Iran dance the diplomatic two-step

Yasar Yakis

By : Yasar Yakis :: The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s one-day visit to Tehran last week had been due for several months, but the independence referendum held by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq accelerated the process.

US envoy to Turkey says duration of visa services suspension depends on talks

:: The US ambassador to Turkey said on Monday the duration of a suspension in visa services in Turkey would depend on talks between the two governments regarding the detention of Turkish staff at the US embassy. In a written

Libya: Arrest warrants issued for 826 people, mostly in Qatar, Turkey

:: The Libyan Attorney-General issued arrest warrants and travel bans on Monday against more than 826 people in cases involving terrorism, many of them in Qatar and Turkey. Libyan media reported that the arrests, carried out in the city of

Turkish military vehicles enter Syria’s Idlib

:: Turkish military vehicles entered Syria’s Idlib province on Sunday under escort from the Tahriral-Sham militant alliance, a resident of the Syria-Turkey border area and a local rebel said. They both said they saw several vehicles carrying Turkish forces entering

Killer of slain Syrian activist and daughter in Turkey confesses

:: Two weeks after the murder of the Syrian opposition activist Orouba Barakat and her daughter Hala, their killer has finally confessed. Ahmed Barakat, their Syrian relative, was shortly arrested in Istanbul on suspicion of killing his cousins and has

Germany redeploys anti-ISIS surveillance jets to Jordan

:: Germany on Wednesday moved four Tornado jets flying surveillance missions against ISIS to Jordan after withdrawing them from Turkey amid a bilateral dispute, the defense ministry said. Berlin decided in June to pull out the contingent after Ankara repeatedly

Turkey’s Erdogan in Iran amid tensions over Iraqi Kurd vote

:: Iran’s state TV is reporting the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is visiting Iran as Tehran and Ankara weigh how to respond to the Kurdish independence referendum in Iraq. Erdogan arrived in Tehran on Wednesday and was greeted at

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