Roma Basin Musavirligi 07 Novembre 2013
of the Republic of Turkey e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org homepage: www.ambasciataditurchia.it 7 novembre 2013 KING OF NORWAY HOSTS RECEPTION AT CIRAGAN PALACE
HABERTURK/SABAH/ZAMAN - 07/11/2013
President Abdullah Gul and First Lady Hayrunnisa Gul attended a reception at the Ciragan Palace hosted by King of Norway Harald V and Queen Sonja yesterday evening. King and Queen welcomed the Presidential couple at the gate of Ciragan Palace. Afterwards, Turkish students attending the reception gave Mrs. Gul and Queen Sonja the paintings the theme of which was the sea and which were painted by Norwegian and Turkish students together. Earlier in the day, before proceeding to Istanbul, Norwegian King and Queen attended the Norway-Turkey Cooperation Forum in Ankara, which was also attended by Energy and Natural Resources Ministry Undersecretary Metin Kilci. Kilci noted that energy cooperation particularly in the field of hydropower would increase with Norway and King Harald V said that Turkey had a high potential of hydropower yet to be utilized.
FINNISH PRESIDENT PRAISES MARMARAY PROJECT
STAR/SABAH - 07/11/2013
Finnish President Sauli Ninisto said on Wednesday that Marmaray, a rail transport project in the Turkish city of Istanbul, was a good project. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday met with Finnish President Sauli Ninisto in Finland's capital Helsinki. During the meeting, Ninisto praised Marmaray, a rail transport project in Istanbul, saying, “Marmaray is good project. I passed over the Marmara before, now I want to pass under it." Afterwards, the meeting continued closed to press. Erdogan, accompanied by Turkish Minister for EU Affiars and chief negotiator Egemen Bagis, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz, Transport, Maritime and Communication Minister Binali Yildirim and Forestry and Water Works Minister Veysel Eroglu, pointed out the importance of Turkey-Finland relations.
ERDOGAN CRITICIZES EU FOR NOT TAKING FURTHER STEPS TOWARDS VISA LIBERALIZATION
SABAH - 07/11/2013
Speaking at the Turkey-Finland Business Forum in Helsinki on Wednesday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized the European Union for not taking further steps towards Turkish-EU visa liberalization, noting that the EU does not require citizens of several countries to have visas but does require this of Turkish citizens. Erdogan also said that Turkey’s foreign exchange reserves have climbed from $27.5 billion to $134 in the last 11 years, adding that this situation helped the country to take easier steps in economy. Stating that 196 businesspeople in the Turkish delegation represent a turnover totaling $100 billion, Erdogan said that it was a quite strong potential which could allow a great many joint work. For his part, Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen said that Finland has been supporting Turkey’s EU membership from the very beginning.
DAVUTOGLU: WE CONDUCT CERTAIN ACTIVITIES ON THE ARMENIAN BORDER
RADIKAL - 07/11/2013
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu discussed Turkish foreign policy with certain Parliament members out of which there came a news flash concerning the Armenian border. During the meeting which was closed to the press at the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Davutoglu reportedly said, "We carry out certain activities. If we can convince Azerbaijan, we can make a surprise. We conduct certain activities in the Armenian border," in response to a question from a Parliament member on whether they were considering to open the border. Davutoglu's speech concerning the foreign policy was reportedly based on three pillars; fall of the Berlin Wall, September 11 attacks and the global crisis. TURKEY, SAUDI ARABIA SIGN ECONOMY PROTOCOL TO BOOST TRADE AND INVESTMENT
TODAY’S ZAMAN - 07/11/2013
Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag and Saudi Arabian Minister of Transportation Jubarah bin Eid Al-Suraiseri signed the Mixed Economy Commission Protocol on Wednesday to enhance economic relations. “We want to increase trade and economic relations to the highest level between Turkey and Saudi Arabia, which share the same cultural and religious values. We have established good relations in every area with Saudi Arabia, the most populous country in the Gulf region,” said Bozdag during his speech at the signing ceremony, held at the Ministry of Economy in Ankara. Stressing that Turkey and Saudi Arabia are the leading countries in the region having a combined gross domestic product (GDP) of almost $1.4 trillion, export volume of $540 billion and population of 105 million, Bozdag said: “We [Turkey and Saudi Arabia] have the capacity to contribute to the peace and stability of the region. Turkey sees its friend Saudi Arabia as one of the most important countries in the region.” Bozdag also made the case for increasing trade volume between Turkey and Saudi Arabia. “Turkey's share of imports to Saudi Arabia constitutes only 3 percent; this number falls behind the potential. Our target should be to increase the trade volume between the two countries to $20 billion in the next five years,” said Bozdag. In his speech, Al-Suraiseri highlighted that the trade volume between the two countries is increasing steadily despite the turmoil in Middle East. “The steady increase in the trade volume shows that we are on the right track. Both countries have significant opportunities for increasing mutual investment,” said Al-Suraiseri.
WE WILL OPEN UN MEDIATION CENTERS, SAYS FM DAVUTOGLU
SABAH - 07/11/2013
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu delivered a speech during a conference on international mediation which hosted Norwegian academicians and Foreign Minister Borge Brende in Ankara, Sheraton Hotel. Underlining the importance of meditation in resolving international crisis, "“We are organizing many mediation meetings in Istanbul. Now we are preparing to open a U.N. Mediation Center there,” Davutoglu said. Emphasizing Turkey's determination in contributing to the solution process of global crises, Davutoglu noted that Turkey would continue to cooperate with friendly countries like Norway and international organizations to this end. For his part, Brende said, "The cooperation between Turkey and Norway, with different geopolitical backgrounds can often play a role. As an influential and powerful actor in the region, Turkey can act as a peace broker, whereas Norway can only be a facilitator."
HELENE FLAUTRE: TURKEY CAN SET AN EXAMPLE
AKSAM - 07/11/2013
Delivering a speech during a symposium on gender discrimination in Paris, Helene Flautre, Chair of the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, gave an important message on the liberation of headscarf in public institutions, including the Parliament, in Turkey. Praising the latest change in the regulations as a positive development with regards to the representation of women in public and in business circles, Flautre claimed that it could help women to take greater part in politics. "26% of deputies in the French Parliament are women and %35 in the European Parliament, while this figure is 15% in the Turkish Parliament. The liberation of headscarf in the Turkish Parliament is a very promising development in terms of enhancing the representation of women in politics. Turkey can set an example to other countries with this development," Flautre noted.
TURKEY TO JOIN G-20 TROIKA
BUGUN - 07/11/2013
Making a presentation at the Turkish Parliament’s Planning and Budget Committee yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said that Turkey was preparing to become the chair of the G20 and lead global economy. Noting that Turkey’s term presidency is due to begin in 2015, Babacan said that Turkey would join the Troika in December 2013. Following his brief on international activities, Babacan shared export and import figures with members of the Parliament. Babacan informed that exports, excluding gold, will increase 3 points to reach 7.3 percent and imports to 4.2 percent. Stating that foreign trade deficit excluding gold trade is expected to decline to $89.2 billion, Babacan said current account deficit excluding gold will also narrow by $3.5 billion to amount to $50 billion. UN STRUGGLES TO BREAK IMPASSE IN CYPRUS TALKS
HURRIYET DAILY NEWS - 07/11/2013
U.N. diplomats have been struggling to revive stalled peace talks on Cyprus, where an ethnic division dating back four decades is dogging Turkey’s bid to join the European Union. United Nations envoys have been shuttling between the two sides of the split Mediterranean island trying to agree on the wording of a joint statement by Greek and Turkish Cypriots to pave the way for resuming talks after an 18-month hiatus. But so far there is little sign of a breakthrough. “We are all putting a huge effort into this joint declaration, it is a very important component of the process and the Secretary-General wants the two leaders to agree on a joint declaration, so work is still proceeding,” said Alexander Downer, Ban Ki-moon’s special representative for the island, on Nov. 6. In earlier visits to Cyprus, Downer had said he hoped talks could resume in October. On Nov. 6 he said efforts were “inching ahead, not leaping ahead.” But a Greek Cypriot official said the process was not deadlocked. Negotiations have repeatedly stumbled on issues ranging from power sharing to redrawing territorial boundaries and the property claims of tens of thousands displaced in conflict.