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Tillerson will not meet Turkey opposition in Ankara visit this week

Added: 29.03.2017 20:02 | 3 views | 0 comments


U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will not meet members of Turkish opposition groups during a one-day visit to Ankara this week where talks with President Tayyip Erdogan will focus on the war in Syria, senior U.S. officials said on Monday. Thursday's visit comes at a politically sensitive time in Turkey as the country prepares for a referendum on April 16 that proposes to change the constitution to give Erdogan new powers. A senior State Department official said Tillerson will meet with Erdogan and government ministers involved in the fight against Islamic State in Syria.

Rex Tillerson's Turkey visit: A critical juncture

Added: 28.03.2017 15:51 | 0 views | 0 comments

The outcome of US Secretary of State Tillerson's first visit to Ankara may determine the future of Turkey-US relations.

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From: www.aljazeera.com

Turkey summons Swiss envoy over Kurdish rally

Added: 27.03.2017 12:21 | 0 views | 0 comments


Turkey summoned the Swiss ambassador on Sunday to protest at a Kurdish rally in Bern which Ankara dubbed a "terrorist gathering", a diplomatic source said. "Walter Haffner has been summoned to our (foreign) ministry where he has been made aware of our displeasure... The ambassador has been told those responsable must face justice," the source said. Several thousand people attended Saturday's rally called by Kurdish associations and Swiss political parties in Bern.

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UN Syria envoy urges foreign powers to help restore ceasefire

Added: 26.03.2017 23:51 | 4 views | 0 comments


The United Nations' Syria envoy sent an urgent appeal Saturday to Russia, Iran and Turkey seeking help to restore a ceasefire, warning that escalating violence was threatening peace talks in Geneva. UN mediator Staffan de Mistura sent letters to Moscow and Tehran -- which back the Damascus regime -- as well as Ankara which supports the Syrian opposition, expressing concern over surging violence around the Syrian capital and central Hama province. "Growing violations in recent days are undermining the ceasefire", agreed at separate negotiations in Kazakhstan's capital Astana overseen by the three countries, de Mistura's office said in a statement.

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Turkey summons Swiss ambassador over anti-Erdogan protest in Bern -sources

Added: 26.03.2017 16:00 | 3 views | 0 comments

The Turkish foreign ministry summoned Switzerland's ambassador to Ankara on Sunday over a protest in Bern that it said was organised by supporters of terrorist groups and targeted President Tayyip Erdogan, foreign ministry sources said.

From: www.channelnewsasia.com

UN Syria envoy urges foreign powers to help restore ceasefire

Added: 26.03.2017 14:21 | 6 views | 0 comments


The United Nations' Syria envoy sent an urgent appeal Saturday to Russia, Iran and Turkey seeking help to restore a ceasefire, warning that escalating violence was threatening peace talks in Geneva. UN mediator Staffan de Mistura sent letters to Moscow and Tehran -- which back the Damascus regime -- as well as Ankara which supports the Syrian opposition, expressing concern over surging violence around the Syrian capital and central Hama province. "Growing violations in recent days are undermining the ceasefire", agreed at separate negotiations in Kazakhstan's capital Astana overseen by the three countries, de Mistura's office said in a statement.

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Erdogan urges quick EU decision on membership bid

Added: 26.03.2017 7:30 | 8 views | 0 comments


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday it would be "easier" if the EU blocked Ankara's bid to join the bloc, suggesting he could even hold a referendum on the matter. It was the latest barb in the bitter dispute between Turkey and Europe after Germany and The Netherlands blocked Turkish ministers from campaigning among expats for a "yes" vote in next month's referendum on boosting Erdogan's powers. If a 'yes' comes out on April 16, they would not take us into the European Union?

Turkey summons Swiss envoy over rally it says supported terrorism

Added: 25.03.2017 21:10 | 6 views | 0 comments

Turkey's foreign ministry summoned Switzerland's charge d'affairs in Ankara on Saturday to complain about a protest in Bern that it said supported terrorism and included a poster calling for the assassination of President Tayyip Erdogan.

From: www.channelnewsasia.com

Tillerson to visit Turkey as Raqqa operation heats up

Added: 25.03.2017 14:22 | 4 views | 0 comments

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet with senior Turkish officials in Ankara next week, in talks that could be vital to an advancing U.S.-backed campaign to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State, U.S. officials said on Friday. Turkey has been pressing the United States to drop its military alliance with the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which it considers part of the Kurdistan Workers' Party that has been fighting an insurgency for three decades in Turkey.

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