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Turkey

04.09.2013

Turkey is ready to take part in the military intervention against Syria as part of any coalition, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told media on Wednesday, TRT Haber TV channel reported.

"Turkey is ready for all possible scenarios in case of military intervention," he said.

"Turkey is carrying out all preparatory operations if the Syrian authorities strike back at the countries conducting a military operation in the country," Erdogan added.

02.09.2013

Until the world community takes decisive action against Syria, Bashar Al-Assad's regime will continue mass murders, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, the Sabah newspaper reported on Monday.

"Worldwide decisions are in the hands of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, and it is - anti-democratic," he said.

The Prime Minister also noted that Turkey supports any action and decision which will be able to stop bloodshed in Syria.

02.09.2013

Former Turkish Foreign Minister Hikmet Chetin, who is on a visit to Baku, disapproves of the country's possible military intervention in the Syrian conflict.

Former Foreign Minister noted that the U.S. and Europe are located far from Syria.

"They will conduct operations in this country and then leave it, but Turkey will remain with Syria, therefore Turkey shouldn't intervene in this issue," he said.

Chetin also noted that the UN should make it clear whether chemical weapons were used in Syria or not before attacking this country.

02.09.2013

Turkey intends buying a share in the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project using state pipeline company Botas or another company, Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz said, Sabah newspaper reported on Monday.

"Earlier TAP Consortium proposed to Botas 15-percent share in the project. Now we intend to consider the proposal again,' the minister said.

According to him, at the same time another gas pipeline project Nabucco did not lose its significance as well and Turkey is still considering its implementation.

19.08.2013

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu offered his congratulations to Mohammad Javad Zarif on his success to win the vote of confidence from the Iranian parliament, Anadolu Agency reported.

They also discussed Turkey-Iran relations, the diplomatic sources from Turkish Foreign Ministry said.

In a telephone conversation on Friday, Davutoglu congratulated Zarif on his success to win the vote of confidence from the Iranian parliament.

They also talked about the latest developments in Egypt and Syria.

16.08.2013

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived with a one-day official visit to Turkmenistan for talks with President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, a source close to the negotiations said on Thursday.

It is planned to hold a number of meetings at the intergovernmental level, which will cover issues of interstate trade and economic cooperation. Erdogan is expected to visit the Avaza national tourism zone near the city of Turkmenbashi.

16.08.2013

Turkey has recalled its ambassador to Egypt for consultations, a foreign ministry official said on Thursday, following harsh condemnation by Ankara of a bloody crackdown by Egyptian security forces on supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi, Reuters reported.

Turkey has emerged as one of the fiercest international critics of what it has called an "unacceptable coup" after Egypt's military toppled Mursi last month, and has called on the U.N. Security Council to act to stop the bloodshed.

16.08.2013

Egypt is recalling its ambassador in Turkey for consultations, the state news agency reported on Thursday, mirroring a step announced by Ankara after Turkish criticism of Cairo's crackdown on supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi, Reuters reported.

"Nabil Fahmy, the foreign minister, decided to recall Egypt's ambassador in Ankara, Abdel Rahman Salah, for consultations," the state news agency reported, giving no further details.

15.08.2013

Killings of peaceful demonstrators in Egypt are unacceptable, and this must be stopped, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said, Anadolu agency reported on Wednesday.

According to him, Ankara had anticipated this scenario and has done much to prevent it. However, all calls to the interim government of Egypt proved futile.

"If the crackdown of protests in Egypt continues, the country will not escape the chaos," Gul said.

15.08.2013

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu held a phone conversation with US Secretary of State John Kerry about Wednesday's police assault on civilians in Egypt, Anadolu Agency repoted.

According to diplomatic sources, Davutoglu held a phone conversation with Kerry on Wednesday in wake of the deadly crackdown on the Egyptian people.

Both ministers condemned the use of violence on Egyptian civilians and shared their concern over the possibility of escalating violence in the country.