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of the Republic of Turkey e-mail: email@example.com homepage: www.ambasciataditurchia.it 19 novembre 2013 DAVUTOGLU AND KERRY ADDRESS PRESSING FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES
SABAH/STAR - 19/11/2013
As part of his trip to the United States, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington yesterday. Two ministers held a joint press conference, during which they addressed some pressing foreign policy issues. Davutoglu and Kerry stressed their joint commitment to resolving the Syrian conflict. “As Turkey and the United States, we will do everything possible to stop the bloodshed and to make diplomacy possible in Geneva II,” Davutoglu noted. Touching upon Iran, Davutoglu pointed out that Turkey did not want any state obtaining nuclear power and was in favor of peaceful access of nuclear technology, whereas Kerry underlined the important role Turkey played in helping to enforce the sanctions that have brought Iran to the negotiating table. Referring to Iraq, Davutoglu said, “My visit to Iraq last week was very successful in the sense of giving a clear message that Turkey will be doing everything possible to prevent sectarian tension in the region.” Also in response to the question whether Turkey felt the US government sent mixed signals to Ankara during the Syrian crisis, Davutoglu said, “Since there is a sincere dialogue and consultation, there is no signal–mixed or not-mixed- between us.”
US AGREES TO KEEP PATRIOT MISSILES IN TURKEY
TODAY’S ZAMAN - 19/11/2013
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the US will continue to provide two Patriot missile batteries in Turkey for another year as part of that country's air defenses while the civil war rages on in Syria. Pentagon spokesman Carl Woog says Hagel met with Turkey's foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, on Monday and said the missiles will remain. They are under NATO command and Turkey requested they stay another year. They also discussed the effort to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has a plan to destroy Syria's estimated 1,300-ton arsenal, which includes mustard gas and sarin, outside Syria, but has yet to find a country willing to host the risky operation.
LUXEMBOURG’S ROYAL COUPLE PAYS FIRST HEAD-OF-STATE VISIT TO TURKEY
HURRIYET DAILY NEWS - 19/11/2013
Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg are set to pay a landmark visit to Turkey, as it will mark the first ever visit at the head of state level between the two countries since they established diplomatic relations in 1947. Scheduled to arrive in the Turkish capital city of Ankara late on Nov. 18, during their visit which will last until Nov. 22, the royal couple will be accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn, Economy and Foreign Trade Minister Etienne Schneider and Finance Minister Luc Frieden, in addition to a business delegation. Along with official meetings with President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the royal couple will visit the Middle East Technical University (ODTU) and Mineral Research & Exploration General Directorate (MTA) with the agenda of innovation and research. Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa will then travel to Gaziantep on Nov. 20 to visit Syrian refugees sheltered in camps. The royal couple, Gul and Asselborn will participate at the opening ceremony of The Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit in Istanbul on Nov. 21. The delegation from Luxembourg will then attend a business forum.