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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
U.S. President Donald Trump’s enthusiasm to call Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to congratulate him over his referendum victory on day one raised quite many eyebrows in Washington.
I have known Safeen Dizayee for almost 18 years, since his days as the Ankara representative of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).
Relations between Turkey and the West have never been easy since the fall of the Soviet Union, but they’ve got even worse after the so-called Arab Spring.
During primetime on the eve of March 8 International Women’s Day, many TV channels aired a lengthy advert for a company, showing working rural women and men talking about hot potato gender topics in Turkey.
In recent days there have been crucial developments in the U.S. capital. Some of these will have direct effects and some will have indirect effects on Turkish-American ties.
Last week marked quite a surge in diplomatic traffic between Turkish and American high-level officials. Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Işik met Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on the sidelines of the NATO Defense Ministerial Meeting in Brussels.
As expected, new CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s recent visit has made the headlines of the Turkish press. Pompeo is not only the head of world’s most famous spy agency, he is also a perfect example of U.S. President Donald Trump’s favorite kind of operator.
Just as expected, it has been a week of wonders in the U.S. capital for civil servants who have struggled to keep pace with new President Donald Trump’s executive orders, which have included his infamous campaign pledge to construct a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border.
As the Turkish Parliament continues its second round of voting on a constitutional amendment package shifting the country from a parliamentary system to an executive presidency, the White House will welcome its new resident Donald Trump today.
Despite four days of yet another cockfight between the lawmakers of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) in Turkey’s parliament, several articles of the 18-article constitutional amendment package to shift the parliamentary system to an executive presidency have already been passed.
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