Koç Holding CEO Mustafa Koç said yesterday relations between Turkey and the United States have begun to relax and improve following a tense period of two years.
Talat to meet with US administration
Washington’s Broader Middle East Initiative for democratization in the region tops the two leaders’ talks; no concrete progress came about on the PKK presence in Iraq
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan held meetings with US President Bush in Washington on Wednesday. Praising Turkey as an example of democracy to the broader Middle East, President Bush said, Turkey and the US have important strategic relations."The US president also pledged to help stop Kurdish militants entering Turkey from Iraqi borders. "We discussed a lot of foreign policy and one of the US's most important foreign policies is to work with the Palestinians so they can have their own state living side by side with Israel in peace."
The meeting yesterday between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US President George W. Bush lasted for one hour. Following the meeting, which took place in the White House's Oval Office, PM Erdogan asserted that "our strategic partnership has been strengthened," while Bush for his part praised Turkey as an "example of democracy in the Middle East."
General leader of the opposition Republican People's (CHP) Party, Deniz Baykal, has responded sharply to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's words en route to the US, when the PM characterized as "unfortunate" the fact that the CHP was "against" the US. Yesterday Baykal made these comments in response:
In an interview two days ago on CNN International, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke about the "turban" question in Turkey, and how he was trying to bring about mutual understanding to different aspects of society on this front. On the subject of legal limitations to the wearing of the turban for women, Erdogan pointed out in his interview that the way the people of Turkey approach the matter, and the way certain institutions approach it, don't always overlap.
It has been revealed that an unpleasant diplomatic surpruse transpired on the first evening of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to the US. The occasion was a dinner given by the American-Turkish Foundation at Washington's Mandarin Hotel which was attended by Prime Minister Erdogan and his delegation. The surprise was that Greek Cypriot Ambassador (entitled the Cypriot Ambassador in the US) to the US, Euripides Evrivadis, as well as his Charge d'Affaires, also attended.
George Soros, founder and organizer of the Open Society Institute, as well as the Quantum Fund, has said that he thinks that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development (AKP) Party believes in democracy. He expressed his support for the AKP, saying "The AKP is more honest than administrations which preceded it, there is very little corruption. I believe they deserve support."  Protesters against Soros gather outside Istanbul conference
Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian begins a two day working visit to Washington, DC today, directly on the heels of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to the White House. It has been announced that one of the major topics of the surprise visit to Washington by this high level Armenian diplomat will be Turkish-Armenian relations.
Kemal Anadol, leader of the Republican People's (CHP) Party's MPs, has characterized Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Washington, DC as a "complete fiasco." Said Anadol, "This rascal, who is asking for forgiveness for the non passage of the March 1 bill (which would have lent support to the US for its intervention in Iraq), could not get beyond complaining about his own country and the opposition party on this visit...."
The deputy chief of general staff outlines steps Ankara expects Washington to take against the PKK, says an Iran with nuclear weapons would pose a security risk for Turkey
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The meeting between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and President George W. Bush in Washington today will be crucial for the future course of relations between our two countries. This visit, needless to say, has only become possible after the intense efforts of diplomats from both countries and the political will of the two sides to leave behind a problematic period.As most American friends admit, as much as the difficulty in understanding the American objectives and priorities, the failure of the American side to establish channels and pass the right message to the Turks was one reason for the troublesome situation in relations that started two years ago with the March 1, 2003 "roa
Among the topics covered by Turkish newspapers yesterday: The allegations against the foreign minister in a book and the minister's response to the claims; a youngster's determination to get over leukemia; the British decision on the European constitution; the statements made by the military on Turkish-U.S. ties; and Turkish businessmen's desire to help the government during accession talks with the European Union. Gül dismisses claims of being a Sabbataist:In an exclusive news report, Milliyet said professor Yalçın Küçük made bold claims about Foreign Minister Abdullah Gül and his wife Hayrünnisa in his book titled “Tekeliyet II.”Küçük drew attention to the fact th
US conservatives, especially the conservative think tanks, which have a tremendous influence on the Bush government, are very uncomfortable with the AKP’s recent policies and statements. The most asked questio in Washington right now is whether the AKP government can change its attitude. If the White House fails to receive the necessary assurances today or the AKP doesn’t change its stance in the next few months, the US administration will burn all the bridges.
Turkish columnists yesterday wrote about the blow dealt to the European Union after the no votes on the draft European constitution, and the summit meeting between the Turkish prime minister and the U.S. president in Washington. European federalism is dead:Milliyet's Taha Akyol said the “European United States” project is dead. “The European Union will head towards becoming a ‘national states union' on the basis of economics, and not a federal state.” Praising the “meaningful” photo on the cover of The Economist showing a well-known picture about the French Revolution, Akyol wrote, “Actually, the French killed federal Europe.” Explaining the rejection of the constitution
At the time of a French 'non' and a subsequent Dutch 'nee' to the proposed European Union constitution in separate referendums, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has a very important rendezvous at the White House. As this column argued last week, once again and perhaps for one last time, Turkey’s five-decade-long Western ally will come to Turkey’s relief only to keep the unpredictable Turkey 'anchored at a Western bay.'
Main opposition Republican People’s Party leader Deniz Baykal warned about the re-emergence of terrorism in Turkey.
Many of the disputes in Turkey’s relations with the United States stem from misunderstandings, and the leaders of the two countries will try to clear them up when they meet today at the White
Deputy Prime Minister Abdullatif Şener said on Tuesday that secularism was a concept that reflected the common stance, unity and integrity of the nation, noting that the ruling Justice and
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